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Shocking moment man is stabbed in the chest outside a New York deli while eating his breakfast before staggering off and dying in the street


His last meal was a toasted bagel with jelly.

Dante Lekarius was sitting on a red crate outside a Brooklyn deli, nibbling on the bagel and tea biscuits around 6:15 a.m. Thursday.

A heavily tattooed man, who was wearing blue shorts and a black tank-top with “Obey” on it, walked up to him and casually unfolded a knife.

Within seconds, Lekarius lay mortally wounded on a Brighton Beach street after his attacker whispered something to him and then jammed the blade into his chest. Lekarius dropped his food, stood up and stumbled away, yelling at his assailant, Ernest Dubinsky.

The 31-year-old ran to a nearby green cab, apparently to get help. He collapsed on Neptune Ave. near the taxi and died about an hour later at Coney Island Hospital.

His meal was scattered on the ground outside the B&B Mini Market at Neptune Ave. and Brighton Fourth St., as cops raced to the scene.

Responding officers quickly arrested Dubinsky, who followed his dying victim for a few moments, but walked off after he fell, video of the crime shows.

The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene, which was just a mile from the famed Coney Island Boardwalk.

“It was very heartbreaking,” Angel Reyes, 26, a local resident said after seeing the video. “He was just eating breakfast.”

Dubinsky told detectives that Lekarius had just robbed him, according to police sources.

Detectives are investigating Dubinsky’s claims.

No charges were filed by Thursday evening as two cops walked him out of the 60th Precinct stationhouse in Coney Island to a waiting ambulance for a medical evaluation.

He had his hands cuffed behind his back and was wearing leg shackles.

“I think it had to do with something in the past and it just caught up with him,” Reyes said of the victim. “I know the suspect. I’ve seen him in my neighborhood.”

“I pay no attention to him,” she said.

Another resident, who only wanted to be identified as Sean, said Lekarius and his Dubinsky are known drug users.

“The victim, he was a little bit mental,” he said. “He came up to my mom (last week) and said, ‘Kill me! Kill me!’”

Police have investigated 17% fewer homicides this year, compared to the same time period last year.

As of Thursday, detectives had investigated 152 killings in the five boroughs — 31 fewer than the 183 reported this time last year.

Slashings and stabbings in the city have also dropped by a small margin.

Police said that 2,417 people have been stabbed or slashed in the city this year, 24 fewer than the 2,441 attacked with blades last year, according to NYPD statistics.

This is the third murder to take place in the 60th Precinct, which covers Brighton Beach and Coney Island, this year, officials said. Last year at this time, two murders were being investigated.

On Wednesday, a machete-wielding man was busted on the Upper West Side after engaging in a duel with a man holding a garbage can. The clash was also caught on video. No one was seriously hurt.


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