Soup Kitchen Brawl Sends Homeless Man to the Hospital

An altercation at a soup kitchen left one man in police custody on assault charges and another man in the hospital with a stab wound to his back.

Witnesses say that Ruben Caballero and another man were standing in line at the Central Synagogue on East 55th Street near Lexington when a shoving match between the two men turned into an assault and stabbing.

Riley Williams, a frequent diner at the soup kitchen told the NYPD that Caballero and an unidentified man began screaming at each other over line cutting. When the squabble pushed into other folks waiting in line a man stepped in and tried to defuse the situation. "That's when the guy with the knife spun around and jammed the knife in his back," added Williams.

 David Ryan, another witness who saw the alleged attack said, "When the guy tried to break up the fight he got stabbed and then the guy with the knife got on his bike and rode away."

According to the New York Post, the NYPD was able to track Caballero down a short distance away at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Ave.

A police source said Caballero is currently homeless and has a dozen arrests on his rap sheet.

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