A homeless man with more than a dozen previous arrests was busted Friday for allegedly stabbing an Eric Adams campaign volunteer in The Bronx, authorities said.
Gary Oliver, 34, was nabbed around 5:30 a.m. by the NYPD’s Warrants Squad on College Avenue near East 148th Street and has been charged with attempted murder, according to authorities.
He and his 42-year-old victim, both of whom are homeless, have had an ongoing feud, cops said. It was not immediately clear what the beef was about.
The victim, who has been arrested nearly 50 times himself, was repeatedly stabbed around 2:30 p.m. June 20 near East 149th Street and Morris Avenue in a shocking attack captured on video.
NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said last week that the violent encounter happened outside a bodega when “two males walk up to [the volunteer], they shake hands.
“They appear to know each other and the campaign worker is stabbed in the chest,” he said. “We have developed enough information to bring charges against one individual.”
Sources said at the time that Oliver had 14 prior arrests and was last busted in 2020 on a robbery rap.
Oliver, who was wearing a Yankees cap, Chanel mask, and a Nike T-shirt and sweatpants, said nothing and looked straight ahead as detectives walked him out of the 40th Precinct on Friday morning.
Adams has said that the attacked volunteer was inspired by his mayoral campaign and “decided that he wanted to be a part of this movement.”
“When I met him he said, ‘I have a long criminal record. I’ve done horrible things in my life,’” Adams said. “‘I’m homeless. I’ve had a real bad life.’”
“We didn’t vet him, we didn’t ask what was your criminal record,” Adams noted. “He was a volunteer. He was not a staffer. He came off the streets, and he wanted help.”