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Store Employee Was Away When Trump Visited

Jose Alba (Credits: New York Post)

The New York Daily News reported that Jose Alba, a worker at a Harlem bodega, missed former President Donald Trump’s visit to the Sanaa Convenient Store on Tuesday because he was out of the country.

Alba’s lawyer, Richard Cardinale, explained that Alba was in the Dominican Republic at the time and couldn’t secure a flight back in time for Trump’s visit. This unexpected absence comes with a tumultuous past for Alba. In 2022, while working at the Blue Moon Convenience Store, he was involved in a tragic altercation.

Donald J. Trump (Credits: CNN)

Alba, 64, was attacked by Austin Simon, 35, and in self-defense, he fatally stabbed Simon. Initially charged with second-degree murder, Alba spent several days in Rikers Island before Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg dropped the case.

Cardinale emphasized that Alba is not politically aligned with Trump, describing him as nonpartisan and focused on principles of law and order. Despite this, Alba now feels apprehensive about returning to work in local bodegas, fearing for his safety.

Francisco Marte, founder of the Bodega and Small Business Association, had been in communication with Alba regarding a potential Trump visit but was unable to reach him due to his remote location. Marte expressed regret over Alba’s absence, highlighting the importance of advocating for public safety in their community.

Donald J Trump (Credits: Reuters)

Alba, who sustained injuries during the previous attack, has found solace in his visits to the Dominican Republic. However, Marte noted that Alba still grapples with trauma and occasional flashbacks related to the incident.

Meanwhile, Trump’s visit to New York City, where he is attending his Manhattan trial, has been eventful. In addition to his stop at the Harlem bodega, Trump met with Polish President Andrzej Duda and has been actively engaging with media appearances around the city.

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