Man Convicted in Crown Heights Riot Killing Stabbed in Washington Heights
By Ben Fractenberg
WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — The man convicted in the killing of a Jewish scholar Yankel Rosenbaum during the 1991 Crown Heights riot was stabbed with an ice pick in Washington Heights Sunday, the New York Post reported.
Police found Lemrick Nelson Jr., 35, lying unconscious next to his car with stab wounds to the back of head on Riverside Drive near 168th Street around 1 a.m., the Post reported.
However, the New York Times reported he was found on a ramp leading to the George Washington Bridge. Police have not independently confirmed where his body was discovered.
A bloodstained ice pick was recovered at the scene and Nelson was rushed to Harlem Hospital where he is in stable condition, the Post reported.
Nelson was arrested during the Crown Heights riots back in the early 1990s after he was part of a group that attacked Rosenbaum.
"Thou who drowns someone else, will drown," family spokesman Isaac Abraham Rosenbaum told the Daily News. "It is now that the stabber gets stabbed. To Nelson, a crime with a knife involved is like bagel and lox."
The riots started on Aug. 19, 1991 when a Hasidic Jewish man accidentally hit and killed the 7-year-old child of Guyanese immigrants with his car.
Rosenbaum was visiting New York from Australia at the time of the accident and ensuing violence.
Lemrick was acquitted of murder in State Supreme Court but then convicted in a federal trial. That verdict was overturned.
However, Lemrick was later convicted in a federal court of violating Rosenbaum’s civil rights and served 10 years in prison.