Arrest in Queens of fatal stab of young dad attacked during argument at Manhattan subway station in October

Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News
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The pint-sized attacker who fatally stabbed a fellow straphanger in a Manhattan subway station has been arrested, police said Friday.

Amado Garzon-Morales, 29, was busted Wednesday by the Warrant Squad at a home in Richmond Hill, Queens, officials said. Described on the city’s Correction website as 4 feet, 11 inches tall and 125 pounds, Garzon-Morales was arraigned on manslaughter charges and was being held on $75,000 bail.

Garzon-Morales, who lives in New Brunswick, N.J., allegedly stabbed Julio Hernandez, 22, Oct. 24 during an argument on the J/Z platform inside the Chambers St. station across from City Hall.

Hernandez, stabbed in both legs, was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital, where he died of his wounds.

Neither man knew each other, police said at the time, and relatives of the young Brooklyn father were at a loss for an explanation of what the fatal fight was about.

“I just hope that they catch him because he has to pay for this,” said Hernandez’s aunt, who did not want her name used. “This kid never needed to be killed this way.”

She added the killer “should be in prison, I just hope that they can get him as soon as possible.”

Garzon-Morales was caught on surveillance video released a day after the attack, police said.

His lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.