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Neighbors, family speak out about Allentown stabbing victim

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - An Allentown man is recovering from injuries after family members tell 69 News he was attacked by a stranger early Tuesday morning at Overlook Park in east Allentown.

Family confirmed Matilde Malave, 68, answered his apartment door around 9 a.m. to find a man who asked for a cigarette.

Moments later, Malave's family said the man barged into the apartment in the 300 block of N. Bradford Street, stole Malave's gold necklace, repeatedly stabbed him and took off.

According to several sources, Malave was found suffering from multiple stab wounds by a pharmacy worker delivering medicine to his apartment.

Julia Rodriguez lives next door to Malave and tells 69 News she first learned of Malave's injuries when that pharmacy worker knocked on her door to call 911.

"I was the one who called 911, they found him on the floor, a lot of blood and it was on this side of his head," Rodriguez said. "He was stabbed badly."

Police said the victim was taken to St. Luke's in Bethlehem for serious injuries and underwent surgery. The family confirms more surgeries are planned for Wednesday.

According to law enforcement officials, detectives have not yet been able to speak to Malave and are waiting for his health to improve before asking him about what happened.

There are currently no suspects and police were not yet able to confirm whether the man was targeted or the victim of a random attack.

"I asked him, 'who did it?' He said 'a very young man that asked me for a cigarette,'" Rodriguez said.  "He is good guy, he doesn't have problems at all, I don't know why they did this to him."

According to family, Malave is disabled and lives alone after his wife died a few years ago. He previously worked at Good Shepherd.

The unsolved mystery has also left room for concern among those who live in the public housing community.

"This is scary. I would never in a million years think something like that would happen here. This place is supposed to be really safe, police cameras everywhere," Adele Barnes said.

Officials are asking anyone with information to contact police.

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