Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of GEOFFREY TRACY, 30, for stabbing the host of the apartment he was staying in 16 times following a dispute. The victim survived stab wounds to his neck, shoulder, arms, chest, ribs, and back. A New York State Supreme Court jury found Tracy guilty of one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree. He will be sentenced on January 10, 2023.
“Geoffrey Tracy critically injured an unarmed man,” said District Attorney Bragg. “This type of violence cannot be accepted, and New Yorkers should know that my Office and our prosecutors are pursuing accountability by bringing these types of cases every single day. I hope the victim can continue to recover from his serious wounds and take a measure of comfort in the justice delivered from this verdict.”
As proven at trial, TRACY, an amateur bodybuilder, flew to New York City after being hired to dance at nightclub events by an event promoter. The event promoter made arrangements for the victim, his friend, to host TRACY at the victim’s apartment in Hell’s Kitchen for ten days. During TRACY’s stay, he and his host bickered. In texts to friends, TRACY said he was going to choke his host and that he would claim self-defense if he killed him.
On August 14, 2018, TRACY accused his host of going through his personal belongings while holding a knife from the kitchen. He held his host, who was unarmed, at knifepoint in the building while threatening to kill him. As the host tried to walk away by going to the stairwell and walking upstairs, TRACY followed him. When the host paused on the stairs, TRACY stabbed him in the chest, and in the altercation that ensued further stabbed the host in the neck, torso, and arms repeatedly. He eventually charged a second time, stabbing him in the back. The incident was recorded, in part, on TRACY’S cell phone.
TRACY then ran outside and threw the knife in a garbage can. He was eventually caught covered in blood and with cuts to the inside of the fingers on his right hand.
Assistant District Attorneys Courtney Razner and Ariel Douek (Trial Bureau 40) handled the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Robert Ferrari (Chief of Trial Bureau 40) and Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division).
District Attorney Bragg also thanked Trial Preparation Assistants Laura Vorbach and William Fazzone, along with Detective Terrance Williams of the Midtown North Precinct Detective Squad and former Assistant District Attorney Jamie Kleidman.
- Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
- Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony, one count