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Mardi Gras Zone Owner Stabbed in Robbery
Mardi Gras Zone owner Benny Naghi was reportedly in stable condition after he was stabbed in an early morning attack Friday after a man entered the Marigny store and attempted to rob it at knifepoint. Around 12:45 a.m., police said a person entered the store, produced the knife and robbed the cashier of an undisclosed amount of money. At that time, the man who friends identified as Naghi entered the store. He was stabbed several times by the robber, and taken to University Hospital, according to police.
Friends initially described the perp as a man with wiry gray hair. He reportedly fled the scene by bicycle.
In recent months, robbers have targeted customers leaving Mardi Gras Zone. The move to hold up the store marks a more brazen turn at the largest grocery in the Marigny-Bywater area.
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