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Man Arrested After Stabbing Roommate

A man was attacked and stabbed multiple times in a “special needs housing space” in the basement of a Lefferts Avenue home in Crown Heights. The incident arose from a dispute between two roommates, say witnesses.

The incident occurred on Monday, Shushan Purim, at around 9:30pm inside 668 Lefferts Avenue. A resident of the home heard screaming and yelling; making his way to the source of the noise he came upon a horrifying scene in which one roommate was “stabbing [another] in the back, shoulder and face.” The attacker then fled the location. The witness rushed to call 911.

When police arrived, they discovered the victim in the dining room of the house covered in blood. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he received numerous stitches.

A search of the area led police to the attacker, who was found hiding in the building next door, a Shul. The bloody knife was discovered at the scene, and the suspect was placed under arrest.

Law enforcement sources described the home as “housing for people with special needs,” and neighbors say that many of the neighborhood transients are known to stay there.

The assailant, a 36-year-old Jewish man, is known to authorities as mentally unstable. He has at least two prior charges of assault, and another pending case from 2016 in which he slashed a police officer with a box cutter. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon – a felony – as well as criminal possession of a weapon.

The victim was described by authorities as a 29-year-old non-orthodox Jewish man. He was treated for multiple lacerations to his back and neck, and is expected to make a full recovery.

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