Michael Jones, 25, a Briton living in Westchester, was stabbed to death yesterday, leaving his ear severed in a pool of blood on a New York City sidewalk.
Jones was a beloved youth soccer coach working for the New York Red Bulls.
As reported by the NY Post:
Jones had phoned his girlfriend just before a ponytailed psycho slit his throat, lopped his ear off and stabbed him in the stomach at about 4:17 a.m. on West 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, police sources said.
Chilling video footage shows the killer calmly sauntering down the street with his hands in his pockets after the horrific attack.
“It was a frenzy. The guy was chopped multiple times,” a law-enforcement source told The Post. “He cut the guy’s ear off. It doesn’t get any more personal than that.”
Cops said they’re baffled over the motive, although it doesn’t appear to be robbery: Jones, whom they called a “good kid," still had his wallet on him, and what appeared to be his bloody iPhone was recovered nearby.
Police sources said Jones, who helped coach the Armonk United youth soccer team for the Red Bulls Youth Training Programs, had started out the night with his girlfriend at her male buddy’s place on East 14th Street. A pal of the girlfriend said the couple had been dating for about a year.
Jones left them at around 11:30 p.m., saying he was going to meet a friend at a bar in the Meatpacking District, the sources said.
He first went to the bar at The Standard hotel but couldn’t get in. He then went to The Park nightclub on 10th Avenue. Jones texted and phoned his girlfriend several times during the night, source said.
He was on his way back to her friend’s pad when he called his girlfriend at 4:17 a.m. — right before he was murdered — one source said.
Jones’ bloodied body was found outside 25 W. 14th St. at 4:26 a.m.
Jones died at Bellevue Hospital. Cops described Jones’ killer as Hispanic, aged 25 to 30.
SOURCE: NY Post
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