WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, NY — A man was stabbed to death in Washington Heights during an early-morning altercation Tuesday, police said.
The victim, 37-year-old Jose Albarenga, was found lying on the sidewalk of West 175th Street and Wadsworth Avenue with multiple stab wounds to his chest, according to police.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they arrested 30-year-old Celso Diaz Aleman at the scene on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
The New York Police Department listed Corona, Queens, as Albarenga's residence, but the New York Daily News reported that neighbors said he was a homeless man living in the area for around two years.
"I've known him for two years. We were friends," Washington Heights resident Jesus Manuel Mercenario told the NY Daily News. "He didn't have a house. He used to have one, then I don't know what happened. He got caught up with drinking."
Neighbors also told the Daily News that Aleman worked at a sandwich shop in the area and that the two often hung out.
"I told him not to get too cozy with him, because he always walks around with knives," Mercenario told the Daily News.
Police sources told the Daily News that both men were drunk when they got in a fight early Tuesday morning.
The NYPD did not immediately reply to Patch to confirm details about the incident.
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