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Man Fatally Stabbed In Fight Between Workers At Hudson Valley Restaurant

Francisco Smile Nicasio-Ramirez, 22
Francisco Smile Nicasio-Ramirez, 22 Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. --  A man was stabbed to death after getting into a fight with a co-worker at a restaurant on McLean Avenue in Yonkers, police said Wednesday morning.

Rafael Pena, 54, was killed just before 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Dia and Noche Restaurant,  when he got into an argument with a second employee, Francisco Smile Nicasio-Ramirez, 22, of Woodhaven, who grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed him in the stomach, said Sgt. Dean Politopoulos.

Pena was taken to an area hospital where he later died of his wounds.

Nicasio-Ramirez remained inside the restaurant, at 640 McLean Ave., where he was arrested without incident, Politopoulos said.

The kitchen knife used in the crime was also recovered.

Nicasio-Ramirez was charged with first-degree manslaughter.

"The Yonkers Police Department offers its sincere condolences to the family of Rafael Pena," Politopoulos said.

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