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Suspect stabs man, sets fire to apartment building in East Harlem: NYPD

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Posted at 9:09 AM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 09:11:07-04

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — A man fatally stabbed another man inside an East Harlem high-rise early Saturday morning and then set fire to the building, according to the NYPD.

Police who were called to 409 East 120th St. around 4:20 a.m. encountered the 31-year-old suspect, who struggled with officers and refused to allow them to enter an apartment on the ninth floor, according to investigators.

When officers were able to get inside the apartment, they found a 30-year-old man who had been stabbed repeatedly, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the NYPD.

The apartment was also the source of the fire, police said.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken into custody and transported to NYC Health & Hospitals/Metropolitan for treatment and observation, police said. Charges against him were pending, as of Saturday morning.