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DEATH OVER CABLE

Damn shame.  How can you kill someone, let alone your baby brother’s father, because you can’t watch True Blood. not only is the murderer’s life affected but, his mother’s, his brother’s as well as the victim ‘s family

He killed for cable.

A Bronx teenager, enraged that his mother’s live-in boyfriend turned off the cable in their apartment, plunged a kitchen knife into the man’s chest, police and relatives said Saturday.

Adruis Ovalles, 15, jabbed the blade into 26-year-old Albert (Matthew) Hartzog’s chest three times, ignoring his mother’s cries to stop. Blood splattered throughout the tiny but well-kept Walton Ave. apartment as the life seeped out of Hartzog on Friday.

“The kid was mad he couldn’t watch TV,” said a tearful Amy Hartzog, the victim’s aunt.

“I talked to [Hartzog] just before he got stabbed,” she said. “He said they were fighting about the cable.”

As Albert Hartzog staggered to the apartment hallway and collapsed, Ovalles calmly walked into his bedroom and dropped the knife. He then stood in the doorway of the apartment and waited to be arrested, police said.

Ovalles was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. Hartzog, who became a new father just a month ago, died before paramedics could reach the apartment in the Sonia Sotomayor Houses.

“Matthew was a loving, soft person,” said his aunt Delrisa Sewell, 46. “He was a gentle giant.”

“[Ovalles] wasn’t even his child but he was taking responsibility,” Sewell said. “He was a real gentleman. He opened doors, cooked and washed clothes.”

Neighbors and relatives said Ovalles was a troublemaker who was recently released from a juvenile detention facility after being busted for robbery.

Ovalles frequently fought with Hartzog and grew jealous that the older man had moved in and had a baby boy with the teen’s mother, Wanda Rodriguez.

Hartzog, who worked nights as a security guard at a nearby nursing home, felt Ovalles was freeloading off his paychecks. When the teen vanished for three days last week, Hartzog turned off the cable.

“My brother pays all the bills in the house [and] he turned the cable off,” said the victim’s sister, Fannie Williams.

“He would tell me, ‘I have to get out of this house, this kid is never going to change,'” Williams, 25, recalled. “It’s devastating, but it just doesn’t seem real.”

The fight over the cable exploded into violence at 8:15 p.m. as Ovalles punched Hartzog repeatedly before reaching for the kitchen knife, police said.

“I heard the mother crying, saying, ‘Why did you do that?,'” neighbor Michelle Dobson, 19, said.

“I opened the door and [Ovalles] looked upset, breathing heavy,” she said “I saw blood on his shirt and hands [and] I asked, ‘Is the police for you?’ and he said, ‘Yeah.'”

“His mom was crying,” said Dobson, a daycare worker. “She kept saying, ‘Why did you do that?’ It was horrible.”

Neither Rodriguez nor the newborn, Michael Lorenzo Hartzog, were injured, police said.

Police officials said there were no previous reports of domestic violence in the Soundview apartment. Ovalles had previously been arrested for drug possession and assault, according to law enforcement sources.

“This kid had so many chances to change,” said Fannie Williams. “He was a problem child from the beginning.”

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