A Harlem fishmonger left battered throughout a deadly melee over shrimp at a Manhattan fish market, mentioned the ugly episode might have been averted.
“I noticed what he was doing. He was stealing. If he wasn’t stealing, nothing would have occurred,” injured employee Francisco Morales instructed The Post of the person accused of making an attempt to rob the shop.
Morales, 38, was harm throughout Tuesday’s chaos on the Fish Express Fish Mart, when Robert “Bobby” Burrell, and his brother, Malik, allegedly entered the shop to steal shrimp and commenced assaulting him.
Another employee, Junior Hernandez, intervened and finally stabbed the Burrell brothers, killing the 25-year-old Malik, authorities mentioned.
Hernandez was initially charged with murder, however the expenses had been rapidly decreased to assault. The move mirrors the case of bodega employee Jose Alba, who fatally stabbed an ex-con attacking him in Hamilton Heights in July and was initially charged with homicide.
Bobby Burrell, 29, who was injured when Hernandez got here to Morales’ support, was charged with felony housebreaking and arraigned in his mattress at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Friday. He was launched shortly thereafter, his father instructed The Post earlier than declining additional remark.
“I need him to go to jail. He got here in to struggle,” Morales mentioned.
Manhattan prosecutors requested that Bobby be freed on his personal recognizance when he’s launched from the hospital.
Hernandez expressed regret for the deadly encounter.
“I really feel unhealthy concerning the case as a result of that man has a household, too. I really feel okay with my household,i however I nonetheless really feel down as a result of somebody handed away. I’m not pleased with what I did — 100%. I take into consideration that on a regular basis,” he instructed The Post.
Hernandez’s spouse mentioned, “there may be nonetheless a darkish cloud hanging over our heads,” and she or he won’t relaxation till her husband is totally cleared.
“I need the remainder of the fees dropped. It was self protection and I hope they [the District Attorney’s office] see it that manner, too,” Estephanie Reyes mentioned. “No one ought to should undergo that whereas they’re at work the place they need to really feel protected.”
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