Red Bulls Youth Soccer Coach Slashed to Death on West 14th Street
UNION SQUARE — Police are hunting a man suspected of stabbing a New York Red Bulls youth soccer coach to death on West 14th Street early Sunday.
Michael Jones, a British native who lived in West Harrison, NY, was lying on the sidewalk on West 14th Street near Fifth Avenue when cops found just before 4:30 a.m., police said.
Jones had knife wounds on his neck and chest, police said.
The slasher also cut off Jones’ ear, according to the New York Post.
Jones was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he died, police said.
Originally from Liverpool, England, Jones was visiting some friends in the Village before he was killed, the newspaper reported.
He had worked for the New York Red Bulls as a soccer coach for one of their youth programs for children.
“He was a tremendous individual, a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us. This is truly a sad day for our soccer community,” the organization said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael’s family at this time.”
The NYPD released a video of a suspect in the attack. In the video, the man is wearing a black jacket and dark pants.
Police described the suspect has being 25 to 30 years old, and having a dark ponytail.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or contact the NYPD at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are kept confidential.