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Suspect arrested in fatal stabbing outside NYC gambling den

March 1, 2021 Associated Press

A suspect has been arrested in the fatal stabbing of a man who tried to break up a fight outside an illegal gambling den in Brooklyn, police said Monday.

William Smith, 45, was arrested Sunday in the death Yong Zheng, 46, in Sunset Park Friday night, and in the stabbings of three other men who are recovering from their wounds.

The Daily News reports that Zheng was returning from dinner with friends when they saw two groups of men fighting outside an illegal gambling den.

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Police say Zheng was stabbed after he intervened to defuse the fight, which had spilled onto the sidewalk following a robbery inside the gambling den.

Smith faces charges of murder, robbery and assault. It wasn’t clear if he had an attorney who could comment on the charges.

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