Deli worker arrested after deadly stabbing inside Hamilton Heights bodega

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When officers arrived at the bodega they found a 35-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest and neck.

HAMILTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan (WABC) -- Police have arrested a 61-year-old bodega worker following a deadly stabbing at the store on Friday night.

The deadly confrontation happened on the corner of Broadway and W 139th Street in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

When officers arrived they found a 35-year-old man who had been stabbed in the chest and neck. EMS transported the man to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the assault started with an argument between the victim, Austin Simon, and store employee, Jose Alba.

Simon was known to the bodega employees and had caused issues before, according to sources.

Police said they recovered a knife at the scene.

Alba is charged with murder.

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