The NYPD has arrested a man accused of stabbing to death a good samaritan during a robbery, reports ABC 7 News. 45-year-old William Smith was arrested and charged with murder, robbery, and three counts of assault. 46-year-old Yong Zheng was murdered on Friday after he was stabbed to death after he intervened in a fight between two groups of men.
On February 26, three men ran into the basement of a Chinese restaurant in Sunset Park where gambling was taking place and robbed the patrons of their cash and cellphones. When the suspects were fleeing some of the patrons chased after them and a fight ensued.
Yong Zheng had just finished dinner with his friends around 9:30 pm when he saw the two groups of men fighting. Zheng and his friends intervened to try to diffuse the situation but he ended up getting stabbed. Four men were stabbed but Zheng got the worst of it and passed away from his wounds.
“He heard a robbery – he didn’t know what was going on,” Jin Zhao, Zheng’s widow said. “He saw a crime, he tried to stop it.”
According to the New York Daily News, Zheng was stabbed four times in the chest. The three other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Zheng worked as a bus driver and was the sole provider to his wife and two kids. A Gofundme has been set up to help the family through this tough time.
“I want them all arrested, I want them to be executed,” Zhao said. “Every time I look at my son, I think that about the fact that he has no father.”
The suspect who allegedly killed Zheng, William Smith was found after police tracked his car which was caught on a surveillance camera leaving the scene. Smith has five previous arrests on his record. His most serious crime was a conviction of manslaughter in 1996 which he served 10 years in prison.