Herbert Burgess, the Metrocard swiper -- "58 prior arrests and sent to prison in 1993 for 18 years after confessing to fatally strangling his roommate" -- was stabbed and killed:
Neighborhood residents said Mr. Burgess was a familiar presence in the subway station, where he subtly approached people and asked them to give him a dollar or two in exchange for a swipe of his MetroCard. (Selling swipes is illegal in New York City.) Many people described him as disheveled.From the Daily News:
Burgess saw Velazquez’s daughter trying to add money onto her MetroCard at a machine.Not entirely surprisingly:
He offered to swipe her through the turnstile for $1.
She refused and tried again to add cash at the machine, which scammers have been known to disable to force straphangers to buy from them.
Burgess grabbed the cash out of her hand and taunted her, sources said. As he walked off, she accused him of robbing her, followed him to street level and called 911 to report him.
She then called her dad, Velazquez, 48, sources said.
Burgess tried to return the cash but she refused and said it was too late, sources said. An irate Burgess dropped the money and punched her in the face.
Velazquez showed up and the daughter pointed to Burgess, sources said.
Velazquez chased Burgess back into the station and grabbed him just as Burgess was about to jump the turnstile.
Velazquez stabbed the victim in the back but Burgess still made it over the turnstile and onto a downtown No. 2 train, according to cops.
Burgess made it just one stop before medics rushed him to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where he died.
Police released a mug shot of Velazquez from a 2013 Harlem arrest for weapon possession and asked for the public’s help tracking him down Thursday.And yet another non-gun murder in New York City.
He has 12 prior arrests, mostly on drug charges, police said. He has one weapons possession arrest.