[Hpn] Man Slain In Bed At Wards Island Shelter
William Charles Tinker
Wed, 28 Sep 2005 07:24:36 -0400
Homeless man slain in a bed at shelter
A sleeping homeless man was stabbed to death at a Wards Island shelter
yesterday morning because he was resting in his attacker's bed, cops and
shelter residents said.
The victim, Juan (Bebo) Reyes, 26, had just checked into the Charles H. Gay
Center on Monday and had not yet been assigned a bed, residents said.
Reyes was sleeping about 7 a.m. when his alleged attacker, Andre Miller, 55,
approached him, police said.
When Reyes didn't answer, Miller took a knife and plunged it into the
victim's chest, cops said.
Reyes let out a piercing cry as he struggled to get out of the bed,
residents said. He was takento Harlem Hospital, where he died.
"He didn't have a bed. He was lying in someone else's bed," said Al Ventura,
38, a shelter resident. "He got stabbed in the bed. He tried to get up, and
Residents said they were concerned for their safety. The 953-bed shelter is
run by Volunteers of America, a private nonprofit agency that has a contract
with the city.
"Today's events represent a terrible and isolated tragedy," said Homeless
Services Commissioner Linda Gibbs. "In the wake of this incident, we're
taking a close look at the security efforts at this facility to see what
more can be done to ensure a safe environment."
Charges are pending against Miller, cops said.
Tony Sclafani and Austin Fenner
Originally published on September 28, 2005