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18-Year-Old Stabbed in Manhattan, Police Say Case of Mistaken Identity

18-Year-Old Stabbed in Manhattan, Police Say Case of Mistaken Identity

Manhattan, New York City: Investigators are focusing on the person or people who killed an 18-year-old college student in Manhattan on Friday by stabbing him. The event may have been a case of mistaken identity, according to authorities.

The night before he was killed, Denzel Bimpey was traveling from Syracuse to New York City for the holidays aboard a coach bus. Bimpey had called his sister before the trip, asking her to prepare his favorite dish. However, he never did return home.

Bimpey got into a fight with some Onondaga College students as they were riding the bus. According to authorities, Bimpey and his buddies were asked if they were in a gang, which sparked the argument.

Things took a turn for the worse as they stepped off the bus. According to investigators, surveillance footage shows Bimpey being attacked. He attempted to flee and made it about a block before collapsing close to Park Avenue South and East 26th Street. Video from the bus and the Syracuse station is also available to the police.

“The perpetrator group starts talking some gang language, asking our victim’s group ‘What block are you from?’ And they respond, ‘We’re not in a gang.’ The victim’s group has no prior arrest history. They just seem to be students who came across a group who may have mistaken them for other gang members,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said.

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