Police: Yonkers store owner fatally stabbed in dispute over hat

Surveillance video captured some of the last moments that Ruben Martinez was alive as he chased down an alleged thief who had stolen a hat.

News 12 Staff

Apr 21, 2021, 2:18 PM

Updated 1,150 days ago

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Police are searching for the person who fatally stabbed a Yonkers business owner.
Surveillance video captured some of the last moments that Ruben Martinez was alive as he chased down an alleged thief who had stolen a hat.
Martinez was stabbed more than once in broad daylight in front of his business, Premier Fashion. It happened just before 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old was taken to the hospital, where he later died.
Yonkers police say moments before the stabbing, the suspect got into a fight with a cab driver on New Main Street. They say he then walked over to the store where he grabbed the hat.
"He was hitting him with a stick, that's what I saw, I saw that he was being stabbed and he just ran off, the guy," says witness Elizabeth Pina.
Martinez's four children declined on-camera interviews, but say the shop was the Mexican immigrant's American dream. They say he moved his growing business to its current location a month ago after 10 successful years down the block.
Customers and local residents came by the shop and lit candles in the wake of the violence.
A GoFundMe has raised thousands of dollars in less than 24 hours.


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