Internet fumes as bodega worker Jose Alba is charged while victim's GF who stabbed him walks FREE

A previous video showed that Jose Alba tried to avoid the confrontation that led to the altercation and subsequent stabbing

Internet fumes as bodega worker Jose Alba is charged while victim's GF who stabbed him walks FREE
Jose Alba (C) has been charged with murder, but Austin Simon's (L) girlfriend (R), despite stabbing the Bodega worker, walks free (Daily Mail screenshot and @gntlmnking/Twitter)
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MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Amid public outcry over the Jose Alba-Austin Simon incident, new surveillance footage that has emerged shows Simon's girlfriend, who remains unnamed, producing a knife from her bag and stabbing Alba. Alba fatally stabbed Simon after being attacked by him. Now Alba has been charged with second-degree murder, but Simon's girlfriend, despite stabbing the Bodega worker, walks free.

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Footage shared by the Daily Mail clearly shows Simon's girlfriend stabbing Alba in the arm. Meanwhile, another video obtained by New York Post showed that Alba tried to avoid the confrontation that led to the altercation. “Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa,” Jose Alba, 51, told the victim, Austin Simon, as he walked behind the Hamilton Heights deli counter. The incident set off a public outcry, with most arguing that Alba acted in self-defense. Alba's bond was eventually lowered from $250,000 to $50,000 and he was let go after posting the required 10 percent.  

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Before the stabbing incident, Simon came to the Blue Moon convenience store on July 1, minutes after his girlfriend tried to buy a bag of chips for her daughter. Her electronic benefits card was reportedly declined, and the woman accused Alba of snatching the snack from the girl. “Did you put food?” the girlfriend can be heard saying, questioning Alba on how he rang up the sale. “OK, mama, let me do it another time. My God,” Alba said. “There’s money on there,” she responded. The edited footage cuts to other customers, and the woman can be heard shouting, "You can’t touch my daughter. Don’t snatch that out of my daughter, you f**king piece of shit!” 

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A new surveillance footage that has emerged shows Austin Simon's girlfriend, who remains unnamed, produce a khife from her bag and stab Jose Alba (Daily Mail screenshot)
A new surveillance footage that has emerged shows Austin Simon's girlfriend, who remains unnamed, produce a khife from her bag and stab Jose Alba (Daily Mail screenshot)

Alba, however, is not seen in the footage snatching the snack. “I’m gonna bring my n– down here and he gonna f**k you up. My n**** is gonna come down here right now and f**k you up!” the woman said. “That’s not my fault, it’s not working," Alba said, continuing to ring up sales. At one point, he told another customer, referring to the girlfriend, "She don’t have money.” Another woman asked, “Did they take something from you?”, to which Alba replied, "No, I take it back.”

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The incident set off a public outcry, with most arguing that Alba acted in self-defense (@gntlmnking/Twitter)
The incident set off a public outcry, with most arguing that Alba acted in self-defense (@gntlmnking/Twitter)

Simon then walked in and immediately went behind the counter. “What’s up with you? N****r what is wrong with you?” he said angrily. Alba, who was in the middle of ringing up a woman, held out his arm as Simon approached him. A video that was previously released showed part of the altercation between Alba and Simon, in which Simon was seen pushing Alba into a chair. Following a tussle, Alba stabbed Simon to death. 

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Simon's girlfriend screamed, "That was over $3. Three f**king dollars. He snatched something out of my daughter…please help him.” NYPD officers subsequently arrived and led away Alba, who is now facing murder charges. Alba suffered stab wounds during the altercation, inflicted upon him by Simon's girlfriend.

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Francisco Marte, the founder of the Bodega and Small Business Group, claimed that Alba was “very sorry for what happened.” “He knew that his life was threatened. He was protecting himself…or we would be looking to bury him today,” Marte said. Meanwhile, Osamah Aldhabyani, 35, who owns the bodega, said that he was afraid of going back to work. He said he was scared that Simon's friends could retaliate, and insisted he saw two of them in a car outside the store. “I’m scared for my life,” he said.

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“Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa,” Jose Alba, 51, was heard telling Austin Simon before the attack took place (Daily Mail screenshot)
“Papa, I don’t want a problem, papa,” Jose Alba, 51, was heard telling Austin Simon before the attack took place (Daily Mail screenshot)

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg has been slammed for his decision, including by Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin. "My first Day 1 action as Governor next January will be to fire Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg," he said. Bragg's office reached a deal with Alba's family regarding his deal, which demands that he surrender his passport and wear an electronic ankle monitor.

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'Do your job & arrest Austin Simon's violent girlfriend'

Social media has also blasted authorities for not charging Austin's girlfriend even after she stabbed Alba. "If Austin Simon’s girlfriend summoned the help of her boyfriend with the intent that he commit violence upon Jose Alba in order to obtain a bag of chips for her; she aided and encouraged him to commit a robbery and under the felony murder rule, should be charged with his death," one user wrote on Twitter. "We cannot rest until Jose Alba gets justice. Austin Simon’s girlfriend instigated the entire incident, stabbed Alba MULTIPLE times and was still not arrested. Meanwhile, this honorable man sat in Rikers for five days on a $250K bond," wrote another. One user said, "Let this sink in, Manhattan DA BRAGG was quick to charge Jose Alba with the murder of career criminal Austin Simon who went into Alba’s store an attacked him,Simon’s Girlfriend also stabbed Alba & hasn’t been charged-Bragg’s office still ‘reviewing’evidence".

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"Every news outlet names the woman as “Austin Simon's girlfriend”. I don’t know her name but honestly, I would charge the woman for not only instigating the whole thing but for also stabbing Jose Alba with a knife she had in her purse," one user wrote, while another said, "Who would live in New York? View this case of self defense. Surveillance video caught the moment NY bodega worker Mr. Alba defending himself against Austin Simon and his girlfriend, who were attacking him over FREAKING chips. Democrat politicians need to go away." "Do your job & arrest Austin Simon's violent girlfriend who both incited the violence & tried to stab Mr Jose Alba. He's the true victim. Stop coddling violent thugs!! Do your job!!!" one user said. 

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