A 56-year-old man has died after being stabbed in both legs in a ‘targeted’ attack outside his Bronx apartment building in New York City on Sunday afternoon, the latest in a string of sickening acts of violence across the city.
Antonio Iglesias was ambushed outside his Concourse Village apartment building at 2.30pm when two men approached him on a scooter. One hopped off the vehicle and stabbed him repeatedly in both legs before both assailants fled, the NYPD said.
Iglesias was rushed to the hospital but could not be saved.
DailyMail.com spoke exclusively with his grieving wife Shantel Toro as she held a vigil for him outside 1212 College Avenue, where he was murdered.
She buckled in tears as she looked through photos of him on her phone. His anguished wife, Shantel Toro, held a vigil Monday evening outside 1212 College Avenue where her husband was murdered.
Police do not yet know what the motive for the attack was but sources told DailyMail.com on Monday the building where Mr. Iglesias lived is known for drug use.
The attack is the latest violent act in a spate of random and gang-related killings all over the city that are terrorizing residents.
Antonio Iglesias, 56, was attacked outside his apartment building in the Bronx on Sunday at 2.30pm. He later died in the hospital from wounds to both of his legs
Police said two men approached Iglesias (right) on a scooter and one of them got off their ride and stabbed him in a targeted attack
Police have not yet cited a reason for the attack, but sources told DailyMail.com on Monday the building where Iglesias lives is known for drugs
Iglesias was killed outside his apartment building at 1212 College Avenue in the Bronx
Shantel Toro mourns the loss of her husband Monday by lighting three candles in his memory
Crime across New York is spiraling out of control; for the week ending 28th of March, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny, grand larceny auto are all up.
Crime in all of those categories combined is up 44 percent compared with the same week in 2021, while crimes on the subway and buses are up by 65.2 percent.
New Mayor Eric Adams has vowed to crack down on crime across the board but he is yet to have an impact.
Part of his plan was to put a team of designated cops on the subway to tackle the crime there.
The stabbing on Sunday was the latest brutal instance of crime in the Bronx.
On March 27, two men jumped out of a parked car to rob a 30-year-old woman walking back to her apartment.
Crimes across all of the city are up this week compared with the same week in 2021
She was wearing a $30,000 watch which they snatched from her wrist.
Although murders have ticked down 9 percent, other crimes are well up, with shooting incidents rising 14 percent, burglary up 31 percent, and grand larceny auto soaring 81 percent.
‘This is not what New Yorkers expect or deserve, and we will not stand for it,’ NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said at a Wednesday press conference about the latest troubling data.
‘It’s clear what we are confronting: A perception among criminals that there are no consequences, even for serious crime. We need tangible changes,’ added Sewell.
Without naming names or getting into specifics, Sewell appeared to slam the recent trend toward policies such as bail reform, and Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s stance reducing or dropping charges for many crimes.
‘[The justice system] must be fair, but it must first and foremost favor the people it was designed to safeguard and protect. When the focus on those people is lost — New Yorkers, who deserve to be free from fear — the policies fail to deliver on their most basic purpose, which is public safety,’ said Sewell.
‘Everyday New Yorkers need more help. Our police need more help. We need help from every corner of the criminal justice system, and from everyone who lives in, works in, or visits our great city,’ said Sewell.
New York City’s crime wave is continuing despite Mayor Eric Adams’ promise of a crackdown
In an emotional statement, Sewell recounted numerous recent shootings of children in the city, including the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Kade Lewin last week in Brooklyn.
Sewell insisted that ‘preventing and deterring crime remains our commitment’ and said that so far this year, there were 335 arrests linked to murders and shootings, up from 257 last year.
The commissioner said that the murder clearance rate stood at 89 percent for the year — higher than any year-end rate.