Man Stabbed to Death Outside Crown Heights Homeless Shelter

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The homeless shelter at Atlantic and Bedford Avenues in Crown Heights (Screenshot via Google Maps)

CROWN HEIGHTS – A man was stabbed to death outside the Atlantic Armory homeless shelter yesterday, police confirmed.

Miguel Acosta, 21, was outside the shelter, on Bedford and Atlantic Avenues, around 1:00 pm on Sunday, February 25 when he was attacked. An unidentified man approached Acosta, and after a brief exchange of words, stabbed the victim in the chest with a knife, said police.

“I think he might have already had the knife in his hand. It was one of those double-bladed pocket knives,” a witness told the Daily News. “(The victim) was clutching his chest and saying, ‘My bad! My bad!’ His last words — he said ‘my bad’ four times. Those were his last words. It gave me goosebumps.”

EMS transported Acosta to Interfaith Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased, said police.

Witnesses said that Acosta was a resident of the shelter, though the Department of Homeless services denied the claim. According to the NYPD, Acosta’s address was 1000 Blake Street—a different shelter, in East New York.

Earlier this month, New York 1 reported that the NYPD would be setting up training facilities at the Atlantic Armory shelter, where they would train recruits to provide security at homeless shelters citywide. Unfortunately, the increased police presence that would come along with the training center isn’t due to start until March.

So far, there are no arrests, and an investigation is ongoing.

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