A 39-year-old man was stabbed to death at Dave & Buster’s in Times Square in a fight over a prize late Saturday — and a career criminal is now charged with his murder.
Police sources said Jesse Armstrong, 41, who has nearly a dozen prior busts, allegedly stabbed Alan Stamford after the two got into a beef over a prize box around 10:45 pm
Surveillance video allegedly showed that Stamford dropped the box he was trying to put back on the shelf and it fell near Armstrong, who was with a woman and some children, sources said.
Armstrong’s relationship with the woman and children is not known.
Stamford then slugged Armstrong, who pulled out “an object” and stabbed the victim in the chest, mortally wounding him, the sources said.
“They were in the prize redemption area and they got into a verbal dispute,” one source told The Post. “This is based on a security video.”
“He stabs the victim in the chest and then takes off,” the source said.
Stamford was rushed to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Sources said the suspect fled the restaurant after the fight and ran to the subway station at West 42nd Street and 7th Avenue, where a Dave & Buster’s employee identified him to cops.
Armstrong suffered a self-inflicted laceration to the buttocks, but the circumstances of that injury are unclear.
No weapons were found on him at the time of his arrest, cops said.
He was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment and charged with murder Sunday, police said.
According to sources, Armstrong has 11 prior arrests dating to 1999, including for first-degree gang assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal trespass.
Stamford had 12 prior arrests and was on parole for criminal possession of a forged instrument when he was stabbed to death.
Additional reporting by Mark Lungariello