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Times Square Chaos: Teen stabbed during massive brawl, incident happened at migrant shelter where two NYPD officers were attacked


Kerry Burke and Elizabeth Keogh
New York Daily News

A teen was stabbed Thursday evening in Times Square when a large fight broke out near a migrant shelter, police and sources said.

The brawl broke out on 42nd St. near Eighth Ave. around 5:30 p.m. steps from the Candler Building, a vacant office tower that has been converted into a migrant shelter — the scene of a caught-on-video attack on cops that roiled the city last month.

One of the people involved in the Thursday melee pulled out a knife and chased about a dozen others to Eighth Ave., witnesses said.

At the same time, officers patrolling on foot near the intersection spotted the fight and ran after the person carrying the knife, cops said.

“It was like 10 or 15 of them and they were just running back and forth,” said witness Michael Williams. “The cops were chasing the one with the knife as he ran down the block.”

The attacker with the knife stabbed a 17-year-old boy in the lower back before being arrested, police said.

“The knife was still sticking out of his back when he went down,” said Mohamed Belal, who sells hot dogs on the corner. “The one guy was on the ground, and his friends ran from the guy with the knife.”

Medics rushed the teen to Bellevue Hospital, where he was expected to survive. Charges against the person who knifed him were pending Thursday evening.

A police source told The New York Daily News that all those involved in the fight were migrants but could not provide details. The person who stabbed the teen and others involved were seen on video coming and going from the Candler Building shelter, cop sources said.

The same shelter was where two New York Police Department cops were pummeled by a ground of migrants as they attempted to make an arrest late last month.

Later Thursday, about six men got into a fist fight nearby on W. 43rd St. and Broadway around 7:15 p.m., police sources said. Police took three people into custody and officers went to the Roosevelt Hotel located in Midtown East — site of another migrant shelter — to seek additional people who may have been involved.

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