NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A McDonald’s employee was stabbed to death early Monday morning in the Bronx.
It happened just before 4:30 a.m. at a McDonald’s on Broadway and 236th Street in the Kingsbridge section.
Manager Adam Garcia, 28, got into a dispute with an apparently homeless person who had overstayed his welcome in the bathroom, police said.
Garcia escorted the man out of the restaurant and the two got into an argument and fight in the parking lot, police said. The other man pulled out a knife and stabbed Garcia in the neck and chest, police said.
Garcia went back into the restaurant and collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital where he died, police said.
“Outgoing, chatty. He spoke about his kid a lot,” employee Diomedes Marcelino told CBS2’s Meg Baker.
Marcelino told Baker homeless people used the McDonald’s daily for restrooms, or to sit in.
“If a homeless person showed up, we just mostly tell them they can’t be here. And if they start getting aggressive, we would just tell them to leave before we call the cops,” he said.
A man named Brian, who was the manager before Garcia, said even though the McDonald’s is located next to the 50th Police Precinct it is not the safest place in the middle of the night.
“It’s sad to say it was only a matter of time,” Brian told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon. “There was always a bunch of altercations here, it was just one of those type of places where people come in drunk, high, start fighting.”
Garcia’s cousin, Karen, said he loved his family and took his job seriously.
“Always worked hard, tried his very best in everything,” she said. “He was just coming out of work, an honest, earning man, a family man, just a great person… there’s no words for this.”
“He was an amazing young man, all about family and it’s just a very upsetting situation just coming out of work honest earning man family man great person no words for this,” she said.
Garcia leaves behind a young son who is about 2 years old, Rincon reported.
Police continue to search for the suspect.
So far, no arrests have been made.