Sunday, July 03, 1977

Refusing Robbers, Man at Times Square is Stabbed to Death

A 23-year-old man was stabbed to death early yesterday outside the IND subway station at 42nd Street and Eight Avenue by two men who tried to rob him, the police said. One suspect was arrested.

According to police Tyrone Jenkins was standing with two teenage friends against a store window when one of the assailants put a knife to his chest and demanded his money. Mr. Jenkins, who had $11 in his pocket, declined. The man then stabbed him. Mr. Jenkins staggered down the station steps and collapsed.

Acting on a description provided by one the friends, one of three transit officers, John Dempsey, stopped a suspect, Pedro Canceo about a block from the station. A scuffle ensued, in which Officered Dempsey suffered several slight stab wounds.

The assault occurred shortly after 3 AM at a busy subway station that is frequented by derelicts throughout the day and night.

excerpt from NYT 7/3/77

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