A New York man suspected of stealing a $30 baseball hat has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed the owner of the clothing store to death in broad daylight when the shopkeeper confronted him for the theft.
Tyrese L. Shubrick, 21, was arrested on Wednesday in the nearby village of Elmsford in Westchester County, outside of New York City, by officers with the Yonkers Police Department, officials said in a news release.
Ruben Martinez-Compos, 47, was working in his Premier Fashion store in Yonkers when he saw Shubrick trying to nab a baseball cap. They got into a fight outside of the store when Shubrick stabbed Martinez ‘in the chest more than once’ before he fled on foot, police say.
Surveillance footage obtained by WABC shows Shubrick leave the store with the hat on his head. Martinez had reportedly just opened the store with his son in March.
Ruben Martinez-Compos, 47, was working in his Premier Fashion store when he saw Tyrese L. Shubrick trying to nab a baseball cap, police say
Shubrick, 21, was arrested on Wednesday in the nearby village of Elmsford in Westchester County, outside of New York City, by Yonkers police. He is pictured left while wearing the hat after leaving the store
First responders found Martinez and rendered medical aid before he was transported to a trauma center at Jacobi Hospital in New York City where he died of his injuries.
Witness Elizabeth Pina told WABC that Martinez had swung at Shubrick ‘with a stick’ after the theft.
‘The owner of the store was running up to the young guy with a stick and the young guy came at him, stabbing him, and then he ran off,’ she said.
She added: ‘It’s sad. I mean, I never thought that something like that would happen.’
Martinez leaves behind a wife and four sons who told the outlet that they will continue to run the store despite his death.
‘He was defending his store. That was his reaction, ‘I’m defending my own.’ It’s sad the way it happened, but it happened,’ Pina said.
Frank Martinez, one of Martinez’ sons, posted a moving message about his father in a GoFundMe started to pay for his funeral expenses.
‘My dad was a hardworking father of four and loving husband. He was the owner of Premier Fashion, and on April 20th 2021, he was fatally stabbed while working and was taken way too soon from us,’ Frank wrote.
‘We ask during this difficult time that you pray for our family as well as for his soul as he was a man of faith and loved to worship Jesus in every possible way.’
He added: ‘Thank you all for the prayers & love towards our family & him. We’ll forever miss and love him, he had a heart of gold and loved working for the community of Yonkers.’
Martinez had reportedly just opened the store, pictured, with his son in March
Frank Martinez, one of Martinez’ sons, posted a moving message about his hard-working father in a GoFundMe started to pay for his funeral expenses
Martinez had confronted the suspect outside of the store when Shubrick stabbed Martinez ‘in the chest more than once’ before he fled on foot, police said
Shubrick was booked on one charge of manslaughter and was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, cops said
Ruben Martinez is pictured in an undated wedding photo seen after he was stabbed to death
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano praised the speedy work of law enforcement, who arrested Shubrick within 24 hours of the violent crime.
‘Job well done by our men and women in blue for their work in apprehending this individual. Their swift and accurate work can now ease the minds of the area businesses and residents,’ Spano said in the news release.
‘We will continue to invest in measures that will keep our neighborhoods safe and secure to help prevent incidents like this happening again.’
Shubrick was booked on one charge of manslaughter and was scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, cops said.
‘I hope this arrest brings some degree of relief to Mr. Martinez-Campos’ family and community,’ Police Commissioner John J. Mueller said.
‘[And it] sends a clear message to those individuals who would perpetrate violence in our City, that the Yonkers Police is ever committed to quickly finding you, arresting you, and delivering you into the Criminal Justice System.’