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‘Friends’ star David Schwimmer assists NYPD with stabbing case

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Former “Friends” co-star David Schwimmer was instrumental in assisting detectives with the New York Police Department (NYPD) in their investigation into an alleged stabbing that took place right outside of the actor’s Manhattan townhome in the East Village section of New York City on May 26. Schwimmer’s home video security system recorded a nasty altercation in front of the actor’s home which Schwimmer shared with police.

ABC News reported on May 28 that a neighbor of Schwimmer’s and a hooker and an alleged thief all got into a fight when Robert Rainey – the alleged thief – broke into the neighbor's house and tried stealing Schwimmer’s neighbor’s laptop. The fight between the three ended up out in the street in front of Schwimmer’s home, which is where Schimmer’s home video surveillance system captured the bloody altercation.

The actor who once portrayed Ross Geller on “Friends” was able to share that surveillance footage with the NYPD. Afterwards, police were able to arrest Rainey, who was charged with robbery, assault with intent to cause dismemberment and disfigurement, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal mischief. ABC referred to Schwimmer’s neighbor as “the john.”

The crime took place early Monday morning when Schwimmer's neighbor and a hooker got into a fight with Robert Rainey, an alleged robber who was trying to steal the john's laptop. Before running off, the prostitute pepper-sprayed the 26-year-old victim in the face. The man also attempted to defend himself with a box cutter, only to have Rainey use the weapon to slash him in the face.

The Daily News reported Rainey as being 21 years old, with the fight taking place out in front of Schwimmer’s home address of 331 E. 6th St. Schwimmer’s neighbor’s home was described as being the duplex directly next door to the actor’s home.

Reportedly, the neighbor was having sex with the prostitute in the bathroom of his home around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, when he heard an intruder in his duplex. The neighbor found the alleged thief, Rainey, inside his home and trying to make off with his laptop. At this point in the NYPD investigation, police are not ruling out the possibility that “the hooker, a transgendered woman in her 20s” may have been working in tandem with Rainey.

“It started inside and spilled out into the street. There was blood everywhere,” said a law student who lives on the block and watched the sidewalk part of the fight through the peephole of his front door.

Schwimmer’s neighbor got stitches at Bellevue for cuts made to his face. The neighbor wasn’t charged with any crimes. For more on the story, see the video accompanying this article.

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