WILLIAMSBURG — A man was stabbed multiple times just steps from the Marcy Avenue subway station in Brooklyn early Saturday, and police were investigating the cause of the attack.
The victim, who was identified by a man saying he was the victim's cousin as Enrique Martinez, nicknamed "Mauricio", was found unresponsive at 5:08 a.m. in front of 295 Broadway by police responding to a 911 call, police said. Police could not confirm the former identity was accurate.
Neighbors and many local residents said the building operated as a brothel.
Police said the victim had been inside 295 Broadway, but could not confirm if the building operated as a brothel, saying it was listed as a Mexican food place only.
The cousin, 52, who did not want to give his name, said he saw the attack and thinks it was by the boyfriend of a woman who worked in the building.
"I saw it happen, I'd have helped but I'm crippled," said the cousin. "He was trying to get in his car to get away, you can see the marks there."
Mike Mesturzi, who lives in Williamsburg, said he was surprised to come across the gory scene in his neighborhood.
"I thought they were shooting a movie when I saw all the blood, but when I realized there was something going on, I was pretty shocked," said Mesturzi. "I feel safe in the neighborhood. I don't look for problems, problems come to you only when you look for them."
The man was rushed to Woodhull Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival, police said.
No arrests had been made immediately, and an investigation was ongoing, police said.