A 26-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, inside a Financial District cafe Monday. Walter Xicay, 19, entered the Koyzina Kafe restaurant at 62 William Street around 7:30 a.m. yesterday and pulled a knife on the woman while she was on the job, stabbing her in the stomach and arm, police said.
The woman, who the Post identified as Maria Almeida, 25, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, and NYPD officers apprehended Xicay, a Jersey City resident, at the scene. The two had gotten into a dispute Friday, according to an NYPD spokesperson. Xicay was charged with attempted murder, assault, attempted assault, and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the criminal complaint.
The Daily News reports that Xicay had asked Almeida to speak in private and said “I’m going to kill you" moments before stabbing her. Police told the tabloid that the couple's Friday dispute had ended with Almeida visiting Xicay's home to collect her belongings, at which point the man angrily threw her things out onto the street.
“[Xicay] was drinking all weekend,” Koyzina Kafe employee Jerry Liberatos told the Post. “The guy came in and cut her,” Liberatos said.