EAST HARLEM — A 22-year-old man who’d been knifed in the chest staggered to his mother’s door before collapsing in front of her inside the Robinson Houses on Monday evening, police sources said.
Tyrell Govan knocked on his mom’s sixth-floor door inside the complex on East 128th Street near Lexington Avenue after he was stabbed about 6 p.m., law enforcement sources said.
When she opened the door, she saw her dying son on the floor, sources said.
Govan was conscious when police arrived, but died at Harlem Hospital, the NYPD said Tuesday.
On Tuesday morning, there were streaks of blood leading from the stairwell to his mother's door, which was wrapped like a Christmas present for the holidays.
Neighbor Lorraine Mayfield, 56, said Govan was often picked on as a child.
"The kid never bothered nobody. He's quiet," said neighbor Lorraine Mayfield, 56. "They tried to bully him. He had to fight to prove himself. That's what hurt me so bad."
Mayfield said the fact the murder happened around the holidays made it even more painful.
"A couple days before (Christmas)," she said. "It's crazy."
Police arrested Jamal Owens, 28, Tuesday after he was clearly identified on surveillance footage from the scene, an NYPD spokesman said Wednesday morning.
Owens, of East Harlem, faces a murder charge and hadn't been arraigned as of Wednesday morning, court records show.