UPPER EAST SIDE (PIX11) – Police have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing of a security guard at a Chase Bank on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, an NYPD spokesperson said Saturday.
Jorge Santiago, 34, faces attempted murder and other charges for allegedly stab the guard in the neck after he was told to leave the bank. The victim was on duty at the Chase branch on East 86th Street near Second Avenue around 9:05 a.m. Friday when the attack happened, authorities said.
It all started before the bank opened, around 8:30 a.m. Santiago was trying to enter the building but the security guard told him that the bank was not open yet and that he had to come back at 9 a.m., according to the police. At the same time, bank employees arrived for work.
Santiago would have asked why we let them in and not him. The guard explained that they worked at the bank, according to the police.
After the bank opened, police said Santiago came in to complete a transaction, but there was a problem and the teller gave him a customer service number. He would then have started to argue with the cashier and a bank manager would have intervened.
Santiago was asked to leave and the security guard intervened to escort him. Santiago then stabbed the guard in the neck, police said.
Sources told PIX11 News that surveillance video from inside the bank shows the attack as well as employees frantically trying to help the security guard. After the stabbings, police said Santiago abandoned his scooter and fled.
Police said he was to be charged on Saturday with attempted murder, assault and felony possession of a deadly weapon.
A Chase spokesperson released a statement Friday: “Our thoughts are with the security guard and his family and we are cooperating with the police.”
This story includes reporting from Nicole Johnson and Aaron Feis of PIX11.
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