GRAND ARMY PLAZA — A man out on bail for two gunpoint robberies is believed to be behind the fatal stabbing of a Greenpoint playwright and actor, police said.
The NYPD is on the hunt for Gary Correa, 19, a resident of the Bushwick Houses who has 13 prior arrests, for the stabbing death of George Carroll, 42, Friday night, Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Monday.
“Mr. Carroll was walking down the street, just some eyes back and forth led to a dispute," he said. "Mr. Correa came up to him and stabbed him one time in the chest, causing his demise."
Eyewitness to the murder interviewed by detectives fingered Correa as the killer, Boyce added.
Carroll's wife Christine was with him at the time of his murder and said George made eye contact with some men on the street and they asked him what he was looking at. George, a Texas native had retorted, "I'm looking," she told the New York Post.
The men started chasing him down Monitor Street, and his wife caught up with him a few paces away lying on the ground covered in blood, police said. He was pronounced dead at Woodhull Hospital soon after.
Correa is already facing robbery and weapons possession charges for two gunpoint robberies in one day in June 2016, court records show.
In one incident, he and accomplice Richard Seely tried to force their way into a man's Bed-Stuy apartment, pointed a gun at him and then pressed it up against his lower back, prosecutors said. Correa then snatched $250 in cash from the man's pocket, according to police and prosecutors.
That same day, Correa is charged with stealing another man's credit cards at gunpoint, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney.
Correa was arrested on June 7, 2016, three days after the robberies and charged with one of the incidents. He secured his release from jail with $20,000 bond, court records show.
He was later arrested on April 6 of this year and indicted for the second 2016 robbery, records show. He was released on his own recognizance for that offense and is due back in court on Sept. 19 for both offenses.
His attorney representing him in that case didn't return a request for comment immediately.