NEW YORK - Police have released a surveillance video of the moments before and after a food delivery worker was fatally stabbed in Manhattan on Saturday.
The video shows Sala Miah, 51, of Brooklyn, sitting on a park bench around 1:05 a.m. on Hester Street on the Lowest East Side near Sarah D. Roosevelt Park, when an unidentified suspect approaches and sits down next to him.
The attack is not shown, but according to the NYPD, the suspect slashed the victim- an immigrant from Bangladesh- in the face and stabbed him in the stomach.
The suspect is later seen in the video riding away with the victim's e-bike as the victim tries to pursue him.
EMS took Miah to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue, where he was pronounced dead.
Food delivery workers say the job has become increasingly dangerous, as workers face being robbed for cash or for their e-Bikes, which usually sell for $2,000-$5,000. Advocates say many of the crimes go unreported due to the workers' long hours and concerns for some about heir immigration status when dealing with authorities.
The Workers' Justice Project says that they'd like to see an easier way to report crimes to police and track hot-spot areas.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/ or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
Police say all calls are strictly confidential.