D.A. Bragg Announces Indictment of Man in Unprovoked, Fatal Midtown Stabbing

June 30, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of NISEAN GRAVES, 34, for the fatal stabbing of 36-year-old Antonio Eggleston during broad daylight on the street in Midtown. GRAVES is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count of Murder in the Second Degree.[1]  

“As alleged, Nisean Graves initiated the stabbing of a stranger that ended in a life being taken far too soon,” said District Attorney Bragg. “In addition, this public display of violence at a busy intersection threatened the safety of the many other New Yorkers passing by. Although we cannot undo this murder, our dedicated prosecutors will work hard to ensure there is appropriate justice for this alleged attack.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record, on June 9, 2023, at approximately 8:15 a.m., Eggleston was in Midtown with a friend when GRAVES approached and punched him without any provocation. The confrontation continued and spilled over into a fight in the middle of the street on West 30th Street and 7th Avenue. During the fight, GRAVES pulled out a knife and swung several times at Eggleston while holding it.

As Eggleston, who was unarmed, kicked at GRAVES, GRAVES stabbed him in the chest. GRAVES walked away and Eggleston fell to the ground, bleeding. Eggleston was pronounced dead at the hospital.
GRAVES was immediately arrested near the scene. When arrested, officers recovered a bloody knife from his pocket.
Assistant D.A.s Adam Birnbaum and Katelyn Damanis are handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Annie Siegel and Harrison Schweiloch (Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 60), Charles Whitt (Chief of Trial Bureau 60), and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Summer Law Fellows Rianna Iorillo and Alphonso Gentry, and Investigative Analyst Alexander Fogg are also providing valuable assistance with this case.

D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, in particular Detectives Robert Rivera (Midtown South Precinct Detective Squad) and Oscar Diaz (Manhattan South Homicide Squad).

Defendant Information:
New York, NY

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I felony, one count
[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.