Simon allegedly said he wanted Alba to apologize to the girl. With Simon holding him by the collar and forcibly pushing him out, Alba grabbed a knife from a shelf beside the counter and stabbed Simon as they struggled, prosecutors said. Simon’s girlfriend also stabbed Alba in the arm during the fight, the Daily News reported. Court documents noted that Alba is 61 years old and five-feet-seven-inches tall, while Simon was 35 years old and six feet fall, Fox reported. Simon also had a box cutter visible in his right front shorts. He did not pull it out during the confrontation, according to the police account and store video surveillance. District Attorney Alvin Bragg faced very harsh criticism for charging Alba since the footage suggested that the stabbing was justified self-defense, the Daily News reported. “Following an investigation, the People have determined that we cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was not justified in his use of deadly physical force. As such, the People will not be presenting the case to a Grand Jury and for the reasons provided in the attached memorandum, hereby move to dismiss the complaint,” Bragg wrote in court documents Fox News obtained. Now, with the charges dropped, this ends a nearly three-week ordeal for Alba, who had to spend five days on Rikers Island. During his time there, one of his stab wounds from the fight became infected, the Daily News reported. After the charges were brought against Alba, many spoke out in support of him. Even Mayor Eric Adams defended Alba’s actions, according to the Daily News, and said that he was “doing his job, and someone aggressively went behind the counter to attack him.” This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
NYC judge drops murder charge against bodega worker after Manhattan DA backtracks. Second degree murder charge dropped against Jose Alba. He never should have been charged period. He was defending himself against a criminal. pic.twitter.com/zDY04EAgVw— D. Scott @eclipsethis2003 (@eclipsethis2003) July 19, 2022