Eric Adams campaign volunteer stabbed with ice pick out of surgery, stable

Monday, June 21, 2021
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Derick Waller reports on the stabbing and other crimes as they relate to the mayoral race from Lower Manhattan.

MOTT HAVEN, Bronx (WABC) -- An Eric Adams campaign volunteer is out of surgery and in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times with an ice pick Sunday, while police have released new video showing the men for whom they are searching.

"He's out of surgery," Adams told CNN Monday. "We visited him, and I spoke with him at the hospital. The video was just horrific. Someone came up behind him and repeatedly stabbed him."

Police believe the stabbing stemmed from a previous dispute the victim had with the suspect, possibly over money.

The attack does not appear connected to his role with the Adams campaign

"We don't know, hopefully not," he said. "The police department is conducting a thorough investigation. The video was there, and that's why it's so important to use technology to add another layer on public protection in the city."

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Video from the NYPD shows the two suspects wanted in the stabbing, and police say the man in the white tank top stabbed the victim repeatedly.

The accomplice is seen wearing a sweatshirt that says "privileged."

A knife and an ice pick were recovered near the scene, and authorities said it was possible the victim had brought the ice pick.

The NYPD also says the victim has 42 prior arrests of his own and refused to speak to detectives, requesting a lawyer.

The attack happened while the volunteer was canvassing on 150th Street and Morris Avenue in Mott Haven on Sunday.

Although badly injured, he ran a block from 150th Street to 149th Street to flag down officers.

"He was a volunteer that came out every day, and actually the video shows he was out giving out literature for the campaign, but he was stabbed multiple times," Adams said.

The other New York City mayoral candidates tweeted their well wishes for the victim.

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JULY 2 UPDATE: Police have arrested Gary Oliver in connection with the stabbing.


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