70-Year-Old Man Charged in Connection with Fatal Stabbing of Homeless Man in Sara D. Roosevelt Park During K2 Drug Feud

Posted on: August 20th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

A homeless man was fatally stabbed in the chest Saturday afternoon on Chrystie Street inside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, police said.

Cops responded to reports of an assault inside the park at around 2:15pm. The victim, identified as 23-year-old Arturo Valdez, was found with a stab wound to his chest, police said. He was transported to Beth Israel and pronounced dead on arrival.

A witness told cops that the victim and his shopping-cart-wielding attacker had allegedly been in a feud over a K2 drug transaction, according to the Daily News. After the crime, the suspect took off on foot westbound down Houston Street.

The suspect, a 70-year-old-man named Larry Fullewellen (also homeless), was reportedly nabbed by police at Port Authority hours later, the knife still on his person. He was charged with second-degree murder.

That there was violence over K2 here is not surprising. It’s an ongoing issue inside the park. And remember that this is mere steps from the posh Public Hotel.

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