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Grocery store employee charged with murder for fatally stabbing armed thief who slashed him with knife

By Mason White 3:39 PM September 24, 2017
Armed thief (illustration)
Armed thief (illustration)
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) Family members of a grocery store employee who was charged with murder for stabbing an armed thief, are angry, claiming that the suspect was just defending himself.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 22-year-old Ahmed Hafeed of Manhattan, after being accused of fatally stabbing 46-year-old Ramone Colon.

Hafeed, who came to the United States from Yemen, has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

He was booked into jail, and is being held without bail.

According to the police investigation, the incident unfolded at around 9:00 a.m. on Friday.

Colon walked into the A&S Candy and Grocery store on West 145th Street, where the fight broke out with Hafeed.

Hafeed then stabbed Colon 8 times.

Colon managed to walk into a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, where employees called 911 for help.

Colon was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he died.

Hafeed’s father Abdul, 48, claimed that his son stabbed Colon in self defense, and he added that he was very proud of him.

Hafeed’s family members said that Colon frequently came into the grocery store to demand free food.

On Friday morning Colon came into the grocery store and ordered a coffee and a cigarette.

When he refused to pay $1.50 for the items, Hafeed told him to leave.

Colon left, but he came back with a knife and confronted Hafeed behind the counter.

Manager Ali Naji said that Colon stabbed Hafeed in the hand before the suspect began fighting back.

Laverne Allen, 57, who was at the scene, said that he saw Colon pulling out a knife.

Hafeed walked away from the with minor cuts and bruises.

Colon suffered from schizophrenia, and had 28 prior arrests including for assault.