New York City Man Stabbed to Death in Front of Child Over Unpaid Rent, Police Say

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A tenant was fatally stabbed during a dispute allegedly over unpaid rent with his landlord in New York City on Wednesday, police said.

A tenant who lived in this home in the Bronx was fatally stabbed on Feb. 22, 2017. (Credit: WPIX)
A tenant who lived in this home in the Bronx was fatally stabbed on Feb. 22, 2017. (Credit: WPIX)

Officers responded about 6:30 p.m. to a call for a person stabbed in front of a Bronx home on Logan Avenue, KTLA sister station WPIX reported.

When officers arrived, they found Zakir Khan, 44, with multiple stab wounds, according to the New York Police Department. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Sources told WPIX that Khan's 12-year-old saw the killing take place in their home.

Police said the victim was a tenant in the home and argued with his landlord Taha Mahran. Court records indicate Maharan, 51, was trying to evict Khan from the property over unpaid rent dating back nine months.

Maharan turned himself in to the 45th Precinct, about two blocks away from the crime scene. Police held Mahran on suspicion of murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, officials said.

A bloody knife was recovered by investigators at the house.

The victim moved from Bangladesh over a decade ago and started a real estate brokerage and was active in the community politically, though recently he had fallen on hard times. Khan had three young children.

His brother, Sabur Khan, drove to New York from Virginia after he heard the news of his brother's death. Khan said his brother was a nice man who was socially active.

"All the time he is busy helping people," Sabur Khan said.

Those who knew him said the landlord suspected of killing his tenant was a good person. His neighbor Angel Calcano described him as gentle and polite.

"I know him personally and he wouldn’t do something like that," Calcano said.

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