Don't blame this on Manhattan. Could have happened in any big American city. Daily Intel reports on this incident in Times Square yesterday:
... Surveillance video shows Michael Jones walking with the man and arguing prior to the attack. "It was a frenzy. The guy was chopped multiple times," says one law enforcement source. "He cut the guy’s ear off. It doesn’t get any more personal than that." Jones, a part-time youth soccer instructor with the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Program, died of stab wounds to his head, neck, and chest before paramedics got him to Bellevue Hospital. He was found in a pool of blood in front of the Levi's store on 14th Street around 4:30 a.m. Tourists and residents responded to the gory scene by reverting to their stereotypical roles. The former gawked, the latter tried to ignore it — although that sounds hard to do. For those stumbling home from the bars, the bloody body lying on the sidewalk looked like a Halloween prank. ...Daily Intel
A little extra color from the Daily News: "The crime scene quickly became a tourist attraction with visitors snapping pictures of the puddle of blood, a gore-splattered iPhone, and the severed ear under a cup."