Jose Alba: How Manhattan bodega worker, 51, knifed an aggressive customer to death after he jumped counter and attacked him

Jose Alba
Jose Alba

Surveillance footage caught the shocking moment Jose Alba, a New York City bodega worker allegedly stabbed a customer to death after the man confronted him about the price of some snacks.

Jose Alba,51, is first seen on the shocking video tending to customers from behind the counter at the Hamilton Heights Grocery store on Broadway — when he is suddenly confronted by a younger man.

The customer appears to yell at the store clerk, before shoving him into a shelf, the clip shows.

After several moments, the worker reaches to the right, toward shelves displaying candy.

He pulls out a large knife and plunges it into the younger man’s neck and chest — which quickly becomes covered in blood, the footage shows.

The pair fall away from the camera view as blood begins to splatter on the man’s T-shirt — with the clerk then coming back into focus still holding the bloody knife.

The customer, identified as 37-year-old Austin Simon, was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The deadly beef reportedly started around 11 p.m. Friday when a woman entered the store with a child at Broadway and 139th Street to buy a bag of chips, according to police.

But police said the unidentified woman didn’t have enough cash for the snack and instead stormed out of the store — and summoned Simon.

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