D.A. Bragg Announces Trial Conviction of Keyshawn Kitchen for Harlem Stabbing

May 16, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of KEYSHAWN KITCHENS, 23, for stabbing a 20-year-old man in front of a community center in Harlem. A New York Supreme Court jury found KITCHENS guilty of one count of Assault in the First Degree and one count of Assault in the Second Degree. He will be sentenced on June 1, 2023.
“Keyshawn Kitchens was intent on vengeance, and his vicious attack caused this victim serious injuries,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Everyone deserves to feel safe walking our city’s streets. This should not have escalated into serious violence, and today’s conviction delivers accountability for this violent assault.”

As proven at trial, on August 10, 2018, KITCHENS’ girlfriend worked at a community center near West 143rd Street and Lenox Avenue. At approximately 5:00 p.m., she got into an argument with the victim, a volunteer, inside the center.

After the argument KITCHENS’ girlfriend called him, stated she was being harassed and asked him to meet her outside the center. A few minutes later, KITCHENS arrived and stabbed the victim with a knife in the chest, abdomen and shoulder, causing significant bleeding to his abdomen and injuries to his kidney and intestines.

KITCHENS fled the scene. Police arrested KITCHENS near West 142nd Street and 7th Avenue and recovered a knife from his pocket.

Assistant D.A.s Danielle Coffey and James Edwards-Lebair (Trial Bureau 50) are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Timothy Duda (Deputy Chief of Trial Bureau 50), Jessica Lynn (Chief of Trial Bureau 50) and Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Trial Preparation Assistant Katharine Dowley and former Trial Preparation Assistants Ryan Kellner and Chongsuk Jeong also assisted with the case.
D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, particularly Detectives Heriberto Vasquez of the Manhattan North Homicide Squad, formerly the 32nd Precinct, and Detective Tiffany Jeffries of the Joint Organized Crime Task Force, formerly the 32nd Precinct. He also thanked Officer Steven Baio of the 41st Precinct, formerly the 32nd Precinct.

Defendant Information:
New York, N.Y.


  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count