A man was minding his business when all of a sudden he was attacked and stabbed to death in a Bronx deli over his $500 Ferragamo belt.
Joshua Simpson was attempting to get the stylish double-clasped belt back from two men who had just stolen it from him when he was stabbed inside a Claremont Village deli Thursday, cops said.
Prices for the sought-after designer belt range from $250 to $500.
“He was a victim of a robbery about a half hour prior to (the killing),” said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce. “A Ferragamo belt had been stolen from him by two other males.”
After the robbery, Simpson enlisted his friends to help him look for the crooks, Boyce said.
They found one of them on Morris Ave. and 168th St., cops said.
The carnage spilled out into the street, where Simpson collapsed after he was stabbed repeatedly with a butcher knife about 12:35 p.m., cops said.
“He bled out right there in the street,” a deli worker told the Daily News Thursday. “We took off our shirts and tried to stop the bleeding. We tried to give him water but he was just gushing blood.”
Medics rushed Simpson to Lincoln Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save him.
His attackers drove off in a white Infiniti. No arrests have been made.
Grieving family members said that Simpson stayed clear of trouble. He was living in a studio apartment just up the block from where he was killed and worked at the same Throggs Neck rehabilitation center as his father, they said.