It Was a Deadly Weekend of Shootings and Stabbings on the Lower East Side
This was a deadly weekend of shootings and stabbings on the Lower East Side, with a 16-year-old boy and 51-year-old delivery worker both fatalities.
It began Friday evening at around 8:30pm when a 16-year-old boy was shot in the face on Delancey Street, near Suffolk. Six shots had been fired in the incident, which left the teenager dead. He was subsequently identified as local Isaiah Levine. (Another man was also shot in the incident.)
Then, mere hours later – early Saturday morning – an unidentified delivery man was stabbed to death while en route to a customer. Police reportedly found the body of the 51-year-old Grubhub worker near the Hester Playground at Chrystie Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park), with a stab wound to the abdomen. The attacker also stole his e-bike.
Separately, a knife-wielding cyclist stabbed two men – one on the Williamsburg Bridge bike path and the other in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. Police say the attacker, Omar Cartagena, got into an altercation at 10:39am Saturday with a 30-year-old skateboarder on the bridge. The attacker stabbed the victim once in the chest, and the latter walked himself to an urgent care the Brooklyn side. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Two hours later, at about 1:00pm, Cartagena knifed a 34-year-old man in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, ten blocks from the bridge, sources said. (That’s two major crimes in the park in a twelve-hour period.) The victim was reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition.