Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

A Columbia University student stabbed to death in Morningside Park desperately cried for help before collapsing, part of a horrific random attack captured on video, according to new court papers.

“Help, I’ve been stabbed!” 30-year-old Davide Giri exclaimed as he stumbled after being stabbed to death in the gut, revealing a criminal complaint filed in the Manhattan Criminal Court.

A shocking surveillance video shows Giri, who was from Italy, being contacted from behind and stabbed in Upper Manhattan Park near Columbia’s campus shortly before noon.

The injured victim had just arrived in town as a “guest teacher” in Columbia, the school said.

Surveillance footage “depicts a man wearing a red hoodie under a dark jacket approaching Davide Giri from behind, making a stinging motion, and then Giri running away” before falling to the ground, the complaint reads.

A few minutes later, the man in the same red hoodie and jacket stabbed the Italian scholar “in the torso several times”, the document states. The victim was hospitalized for “several stab wounds to the back and toros, including one that punctured his internal organs.”

Vincent Pinkney was arrested for allegedly stabbing a person unprovoked on W110th Street at Morningside Drive in New York, NY around noon.  23:00 on December 2, 2021.
Vincent Pinkney was arrested for allegedly stabbing a person unprovoked on W. 110th Street at Morningside Drive in New York, NY around noon. 23:00 on December 2, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

Police later found a knife “from the pocket of the red hoodie that the defendant is wearing,” it says in the papers.

Doctors at St. Luke’s Medical Center, where Giri was pronounced dead after the attack, said he “suffered a stab wound that punctured his vena cava and caused him to die,” the complaint said.

The new details of the attack emerged when the accused killer Vincent Pinkney, a 25-year-old ex-con-con-con, was charged with murder, attempted murder and charges of assault in the case on Sunday and ordered detained without bail, authorities said.

Pinkney mingled in the Manhattan Criminal Court with her hands in iron and legs chained, wearing a white Tyrek suit to face Judge Neill Ross.

Davide Giri was killed on December 3, 2021 after being stabbed in the gut on Morningside Drive.
Davide Giri was killed on December 3, 2021 after being stabbed in the gut on Morningside Drive.
Twitter / Davide Giri

The reputed gang member said nothing and looked subdued throughout the course.

His lawyer asked that Pinkney undergo a psychiatric examination and be placed in protective custody. The judge agreed to both requests before remanding Pinkney in custody for Rikers Island.

The suspect had had his detention postponed for more than a day because he claimed he had abdominal pain and was taken to hospital for treatment.

During his vandalism, Pinkney, who has a long rap sheet, also threatened a couple who were walking their dog, authorities have said. The threatened man helped police catch the suspect.

Meanwhile, the man whom Pinkney allegedly injured, Roberto Malaspina, 27, had only been in the Big Apple for one day when he was attacked. He was hospitalized in stable condition.

In a Twitter post Saturday, Columbia University said Malaspina “had just arrived from Italy to begin several months as a visiting researcher” at the school.

Pinkney, who according to sources is a member of Everybody Killa, or the EBK street gang, has 11 arrests dating to 2012 on a variety of charges.

He was convicted of gang assault in 2015 after he and three others brutally beat and stabbed a man in Jamaica two years earlier.

He served less than three years in state jail in that case, state records show.

Additional reporting by Steven Vago

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