Bedford Avenue bloodshed

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Four men were hospitalized on Oct. 14 after a dispute over money ended in a gruesome attack that left a block-long trail of blood.

Stunned witnesses told police that six thugs armed with knives and baseball bats hunkered down behind a fence before jumping 21-year-old Hayk Muradia as he walked past the corner of Bedford Avenue and Avenue T at 6:40 am.

But the battle was quickly joined by the victim’s friends, who had just arrived to pick the 21-year-old up for work.

The confrontation sparked a violent struggle that moved from Bedford Avenue to Avenue S, where Muradia was stabbed twice in the lower back, police said.

The fight ended abruptly, thanks in part to 66-year-old resident Salvatore Tinerino, who saw the confrontation and screamed for help.

“I yelled ‘police!’ and it scared [the attackers] off,” Tinerino, a retired security guard, told the New York Post.

Muradia was rushed to Coney Island Hospital for treatment while his friends were taken to Lutheran Medical Center with a smattering of bruises and cuts. All were expected to recover, officials said.

Signs of the struggle were still apparent hours after the attack — especially at the corner of Avenue S and Bedford Avenue, where Muradia fell and paramedics rendered aid.

Investigators believe that Muradia owed his attackers money. No arrests had been made by late Monday.

Anyone with information regarding this attack is urged to call the NYPD CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

Updated 2:45 pm, October 19, 2011
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