CENTRAL HARLEM — A worker fatally stabbed a man inside his West 145th Street bodega Friday morning after he'd made threats and tried to get behind the counter, sources said.
The 46-year-old man made the threats inside Candy Grocery at 104 W. 145th St., near Lenox Avenue, earlier Friday morning, but left without incident, sources said.
He returned about 9 a.m. and tried to get behind the counter until a 22-year-old worker, a man whose name wasn't immediately released, repeatedly stabbed him in the torso, sources said.
Laverne Allen said she was in the bodega when she saw an employee and man scuffling.
"I seen them fighting,” said Allen, 57. “The worker and the guy. He pulled a knife out on him."
The clerk saw Allen and yelled at her to get out, she said.
"When he said 'Go' I left."
The the 46-year-old stumbled out of the store and walked to nearby Dunkin Donuts where he collapsed, according to sources.
A Dunkin Donuts employee, who declined to give his name, said he saw a man walk into the eatery, bleeding from a two-inch gash on the right side of his torso.
He said the man then placed a "big knife" on a table and asked for help.
"He came in and asked the manager to call 911," the worker said. "This guy was bleeding a lot."
The man taken to Harlem Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The worker was taken into custody at the scene, an NYPD spokeswoman added. He was still awaiting formal charges.