New York Daily News
A giddy gangbanger fatally stabbed a Columbia University student during a late-night Manhattan crime spree before wounding a second man and menacing a third victim in Central Park, authorities said Friday.
The knife-wielding murder suspect, on parole for a gang assault conviction, cried out in joy after the second random Thursday night stabbing of a man walking along Columbus Ave. near W. 110th St. Police sources indicated the attacker belonged to the EBK gang, an acronym for “Everybody Killas.”
“He was ecstatic,” said a Columbia student who witnessed the second attack shortly after the suspect fatally stabbed university student Davide Giri, 30, in the chest at 11 p.m. on the corner of W. 123rd St. and Amsterdam Ave. in Harlem.
The assailant then headed south through Morningside Park in search of more targets, cops said.
When the deranged suspect reached W. 110th St. and Columbus Ave., near a pizzeria, he ran up from behind on second victim Robert Malastina, 27, plunging the knife into the man’s back and then chest.
“Why? Why? Help me!” Malastina cried, according to the Columbia student who witnessed the crime from across the street.
“He tried to get up, and I told him to stay down,” the student recounted.
Police soon arrived, and the victim was taken away in an ambulance as the suspect fled into nearby Central Park, where he menaced a 29-year-old man near W. 104th St., police said. The man was walking with his girlfriend when the suspect tried to stab him, sparking a fight following by a screaming match before the suspect fled, source said.
The would-be victim called police, who nabbed the suspect a short distance away.
“Both [victims] were stabbed in the lower midsection. It appears they were unprovoked,” said a police supervisor at the scene.
Cops did not immediately identify the suspect, who was yet to be charged in the deadly rampage.