Only three months on his job, a church security officer was stabbed after facing a deranged man with a knife.
First Presbyterian Church’s doors on 164th Street in Jamaica would often be open, but on Saturday they were tightly locked in light of the incident, according to custodian Delroy Witter.
“Trust me, if it could happen to my co-worker, it could happen to any one of us,” Witter said.
“I feel bad for him. He just started here.”
Around 3:40 p.m., police were sent to the place of worship. Following a report that a guy with a knife was acting erratically outside, the guard went to look into the matter on Thursday.
Authorities said that when the guard approached, he was then stabbed in the torso.
The victim, who was unidentified, then went back inside the church.
“I went inside (the church) and I saw him lying on the floor,” Witter said. “Someone was applying pressure to his wound. They had a towel on his stomach. “It was red because it was soaked in blood — he was bleeding so much.”
According to police, the responding cops told the guy, subsequently identified as Richard Moncrieffe, 59, to put down the knife but when he didn’t, they shot him.
“He was advancing on our officers and they had to make a tough decision,” the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol James Chell said, crediting the guard with preventing more bloodshed by stopping the man before he got inside the church’s packed administrative building.
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