NEW YORK — A stabbing that left two men wounded, one critically, stemmed from a fight between parents outside a Brooklyn public school, police sources said Monday.
The two victims — Peter Tozzi, 42, and Angel Algarin, 43, got into a fight with a third parent, identified by police as Pedro Ramos, 37, in the rear of Public School 229 in Dyker Heights about 5:15 p.m. Sunday, sources said.
The quarrel had to do with the parents’ kids and possibly involved bullying, sources said. Tozzi was stabbed in the neck and Algarin in the leg and hands.
“I was at the wrong place at the wrong time,” said Algarin, who’s now home recovering. “If someone’s trying to stab your family member, what are you going to do?”
The bloody encounter started Sunday afternoon while Tozzi was hosting a birthday party for his teenage daughter. Ramos and several other men showed up outside Tozzi’s Dyker Heights home looking for a fight, Algarin told the New York Daily News.
“Peter’s not a fighting man,” said Algarin, who has been married to Tozzi’s sister for 10 years. “He said I don’t want to fight. They keep calling him names.”
Tozzi eventually agreed to fight Ramos one-on-one at the park behind P.S. 229, and Algarin followed them to the park to make sure no one got seriously hurt, he said.
After trading blows, Ramos knocked Tozzi to the ground and jumped on top of him, Algarin said. Algarin said he saw Ramos reaching in his pocket, and jumped in to pull him off Tozzi.
Ramos then ran to his car and pulled out a knife, Algarin said.
“He started chasing me with the knife,” Algarin said, but Ramos caught up with Tozzi first, and stabbed him in the chest. Algarin jumped in again.
“If I didn’t jump on top of him, he would’ve killed him,” Algarin said. Ramos stabbed Algarin in the leg, and Algarin grabbed the knife to hold off his attacker, slicing his hands in the process. His wife, Tossi’s sister, was shouting in horror, “don’t do it! This is over kids, this is stupidity!” he recalled.
Algarin soon passed out and was taken to the hospital, where he was given stitches and released.
Tozzi remained in critical condition at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn Monday. Algarin was taken to Maimonides Medical Center in stable condition.
Ramos was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of attempted murder. A woman, Kim Kelly, 25, was charged with giving Ramos the knife allegedly used in the crime. She also faces two counts of attempted murder, police said.
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