Son of deli owner charged with fatally stabbing man in Bronx store

LONGWOOD, Bronx (WABC) -- A deli owner's son was arraigned Friday after a man was stabbed multiple times inside the deli in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported at the store in the 900 block of Longwood Avenue around 1 p.m.

Authorities say the 37-year-old victim, identified as Frankie Williams, was stabbed in the abdomen and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police later arrested the suspect, 27-year-old Ronny Torres, and charged him with second-degree murder. A judge ordered Torres to be held without bail.

Williams' wife said her husband was stabbed because the suspect thought he was trying to steal a beer.

"I guess they thought he wasn't gonna pay for an item," said Ephithany Thompson. She said the two knew each other well.

"He's known them for years. He's been in this park for 10 years," said Thompson, adding there were never any issues between them.

"No, not a problem, not an incident. If anything he's always the one that would help them," she said.

Over 100 friends and family members of the victim showed up to the deli after the incident and were visibly upset with the deli owner's family and police.

"This is overwhelming," Thompson said. "He's a good man, he just started his own music... he was really trying to start his life over again. He didn't deserve that. He has four kids."

Enraged friends and family members called for the bodega to be shuttered.

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