Anger Rises at Woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg for Charging Bodega Clerk with Murder and Imprisoning Him in Rikers on $250,00 Bail After He Stabbed Ex-Con Attacker in Self-Defense

Bodega worker Jose Alba has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of Austin Simon.

There is mounting anger over woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s decision to charge a 62-year-old bodega employee with murder for killing a career criminal in self-defense after the thug attacked him in his store.

Jose Alba is in Rikers Island this morning awaiting his first court appearance on charges of murder.

His bail has been set at $250,000 – an exorbitant amount compared with the low-or-no cash bail that is routinely given to repeat offenders by Bragg’s soft-touch office.

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On Friday night, Alba stabbed Austin Simon to death after Simon attacked him in the Bluemoon Convenient Store in Harlem.

This was the altercation that led to Jose Alba’s arrest last Friday. Alba, 62, is shown in a blue striped shirt and hat. Austin Simon, right, arrived in the store to confront Alba who had refused to give his girlfriend a bag of potato chips

Alba, who is beloved in the local community, has worked there for decades and has no criminal record.

His family launched a GoFundMe page to help pay his legal expenses – but the page was removed on Wednesday night after raising $20,000. GoFundMe is yet to explain the decision.

Over the weekend, Alba was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge and Bragg’s office asked the judge to set Alba’s bail at $500,000 – which the judge deemed too high.

Austin Simon was fatally stabbed after storming the bodega counter to attack Jose Alba.

Alba has not yet been indicted; his case is going before a grand jury on Saturday.

Among those who slammed Bragg on Thursday was Republican Gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin.

‘My first Day 1 action as Governor next January will be to fire Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg,’ he said.

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jennifer Smith

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