Backfire: Teenager who attempted robbery gets stabbed in eye with his own knife, victim charged


BROOKLYN, NY – An 18-year-old teenager was stabbed in the eye when he attempted to rob a victim at knifepoint. The victim grabbed the knife and stabbed the would-be thief.

The incident occurred during the evening of Oct. 21 on East 57th Street, between Avenue K and Avenue L, in the Flatlands section of the borough, according to a report by WETM TV 18.

The teen was armed with a knife and tried to rob another male, according to the report.

The would-be thief was then taken to a Brookdale Hospital by EMS, where he was initially listed in critical condition. The New York Police Department (NYPD) indicated that his status has now been upgraded to “stable” according to a 1010 Wins report.

The NYPD said the teen was in surgery early Friday morning to have the knife removed.

Officials said the other male who stabbed him was taken into police custody, but had not been charged with anything as of Friday morning, according to the report.

However, the Brooklyn Paper reported that police arrested 28-year-old Ibna Pasha of Flatlands in connection with the incident.

A spokesperson told Brooklyn Paper that Pasha was reportedly being charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Police said that a dispute occurred between the two men, but they could not confirm the details.

A neighbor who witnessed the incident told Brooklyn Paper that the 18-year-old was attempting to carjack Pasha and that the knife belonged to the teen. They described a struggle between the two during an attempted robbery that ended with the teen being stabbed in the eye.

Back in September, an employee of a sub shop was suspended after surveillance video of her fighting off an armed robber went viral.

According to a Daily News report, Araceli Sotelo was working a shift at the Subway sandwich chain in Rockford on the morning of Sept. 5 when an assailant busted in and demanded she hand over any cash on site.

Sotelo told WTVO:

“He kind of just showed me his gun, and I was like freaking out like, ‘Woah, you can’t do that. Please leave.’

“He said, ‘Give me all the money’ and I said ‘I do not have any money, like, I do not have any money.’ That is all I had and he was just like, ‘Give me everything before I hurt you.’”

According to the report, Sotelo said she used the robber’s small size against him and was ultimately able to get him to drop his gun amid a brief scuffle.

Surveillance footage from inside the shop shows the Subway employee take his gun and then fight back when he tries to run off with her purse.

It’s not entirely clear how video of the confrontation leaked to the local Rockford Scanner, but it quickly garnered a massive level of attention after being posted to Facebook.

The report indicated that Sotelo said she received a call from the store’s owner shortly after the viral post. The store owner allegedly told Sotelo that she would not be able to work until the surveillance clip was scrubbed from the web.

Sotelo said:

“I get a call yesterday, it was like, ‘If every one of these videos are not taken offline you will be suspended,’ and then I texted them and I’m like, ‘How long am I suspended for?’ They said until everything is removed online. I have no ability to do that.”

Sotelo added that her employer is no longer returning her calls:

“They did not want anyone to know, they wanted to be private that it happened to me and that I fought back, but I think they did that because they do not want corporate to know.”

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We recently reported about an on-duty parole officer who was robbed of his firearm in the Bronx. Here is that report.

NEW YORK – While violent crime is not something new for the City of New York, robbing an on-duty patrol officer is.

And that is exactly what happened on October 18th in the Bronx.

New York Police report that on Wednesday, three men encountered an on-duty New York State parole officer while he was in the area of 1449 Leland Avenue.  Most criminals would walk away from any type of armed officer, however, that did not seem to deter these three criminals.

Police report that the three men pulled a gun on the officer before he could react and ordered him not to move. At some point during the robbery, the three suspects were able to remove the officer’s firearm and his personal belongings before fleeing the area.

The New York Police Department Crime Stoppers put out a tweet about the incident:

“WANTED for ROBBERY: On 10/18/21 at 5:45 A.M., in the vicinity of 1449 Leland Ave. @NYPD43Pct  @Bronx.  The suspects approached a on-duty NYS parole officer and while displaying a firearm removed his property.  Any info call 800-577-TIPS or DM NYPDTips.”

It is not clear if the incident was captured on video surveillance, however, there is a video of them entering and exiting out of the building.

The New York Police Department has shared a video of the suspect’s fleeing in hopes of the public cooperating and identifying those responsible.

Thankfully, there are no reports that the officer was injured during the robbery.

There are no reports of whether this robbery is connected to a series of others that have been happening in the Bronx. PIX 11 reports that three men are being sought in connection with at least eight robberies that have occurred in the area since September.

The NYPD has reported the first suspected incident in the string of robberies occurred on September 5th when an older man was returning to his scooter on Westchester Avenue and encountered two men trying to steal it.

The victim, in this case, followed the two suspects into a parking lot where they met up with a third suspect and proceeded to beat the victim before they fled the area.

The next incident believed to be involved with the same subjects was reported to have occurred on September 7th

In this instance, three men approached an older man with a knife in the area of Rosedale Avenue. The victim was able to wrestle the knife away from the men, but they began to physically beat him and take his wallet.

The victim received several injuries and went to a local hospital for treatment. The victim is expected to make a recovery.

In the next instance, reported on September 18th, the same suspects are said to have encountered a middle-aged man in a building on Bruckner Boulevard. When the three suspects engaged the man, they attacked him and ran away with sixty of his hard-earned dollars.

The three suspects are then allegedly involved in several more robberies that have taken place in the area while escalating from just physical threats and using a knife to using a gun. None of the incidents reported that is allegedly connected to the same three men has resulted in any serious injuries or death.

The New York Police Department is also seeking information that will hopefully lead to the identification and prosecution of those responsible for these robberies. They released surveillance footage of the three males and are hoping that someone in the public will identify them. 

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