Cops from the nearby 23rd Precinct stationhouse rushed to the scene, drawing their weapons and order the suspect to drop his knife even as he continued to stab the victim.
The violent lunchtime knifing on Lexington Ave. and E. 103rd St. was captured on a witness' I phone video camera and shows the incredible restraint cops took not blow the armed suspect away.
"He just literally pulls out a pocket knife and starts stabbing the man in the neck like a couple of times," said a 33-year-old East Harlem man who witness the bloody attack.
About a dozen cops from the nearby 23rd Precinct stationhouse rushed to the scene, drawing their weapons and order the suspect to drop his knife even as he continued to stab the victim.
Four or five toddlers with their nannies were among the more than 20 people to witness the bloodshed in front of a synagogue and steps from two public schools and a day care center.
Police had no immediate comment on the attack. The names of the victim and suspects were not released.
A witness said he and his cousin were walking to the 103rd St. subway station when the violence erupted.
The witness, who requested anonymity, said the attacker in the eye patch confronted the victim about an unpaid debt. He said the victim appeared to be a homeless man pushing shopping cart of personal belongings.
"He just kept saying, 'You owe me money! You owe me money,'" said the witness, whose 30-year-old cousin filmed the attack with his iPhone.
The video shows cops with their fingers on their triggers, poised to shoot the suspect, who initially refused to lay down his knife.
"Stop him. Hit him the head with something," a witness is heard screaming at police.
One cops eventually ended the standoff by grabbing the suspect by the back of his pants and dragging him off the victim.
The victim, dressed in a plaid shirt, never lost consciousness, even as blood poured from the wounds in his neck and hands.
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