The second stabbing of the week took place at 44-12 Rockaway Beach Boulevard on Tuesday. The first, a homicide, took place on Sunday at 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, both in the Hammel Houses.
Just two days after a homicide in which the victim was stabbed to death, there was another knife attack at the sprawling Hammel Houses public housing complex on Tuesday night.
At about 8 p.m. on June 20, police were called to 84-16 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, only two blocks from 82-01 Beach Channel Drive, where Joseph Smith was stabbed to death last Sunday.
Police found Jammel Nelson with stab wounds to the chest. The victim told police that he had been involved in an argument with Ajax Jean-Pierre, 36, when Jean-Pierre pulled an unknown edged weapon and stabbed him in the chest. Police say his wounds were not life-threatening.
The assailant fled the area towards Beach 85 Street, eyewitnesses said, and police quickly called a Level One Mobilization looking for the Hispanic man. Some cops checked the Beach 90 Street subway platform with negative results.
Police canvassing the area saw a man fitting Jean-Pierre’s description at Beach 85 Street and Beach Channel Drive and he was identified as being the assailant in the attack.
He was put under arrest at 8:40 p.m., less than an hour after the attack by police officers from the precinct’s anti-crime team.
Jean-Pierre was arraigned on Wednesday night on charges of assault in the second and third degrees, criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree and harassment in the second degree.