Roommates stab each other, 1 fatally, during dispute at Harlem mental health facility

Posted at 4:12 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 12:56:13-04

HARLEM — One man is dead after two men stabbed each other during a fight at a mental health facility in Harlem Friday morning, police say.

It happened around 7:15 a.m. inside a fifth floor apartment at the Cecil Ivory shelter at 149 W. 132 St.

Police responded to find a 44-year-old man with multiple stab wounds to his torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 39-year-old man was found with a stab wound to his neck. He was transported to Harlem Hospital in critical condition.

Police sources say the stabbing stemmed from an argument and the two men stabbed each other with kitchen knives.

The shelter is a place run by the nonprofit, Bowery Residents Committee, for men with alcohol, drug and mental health problems.

Neighbor Moneke Coats said, “I’m shock, they are normally nice people.”

A spokesperson for BRC said they are saddened by what happened.

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

The identity of the deceased is pending proper family notification.