One man was in critical condition after he was repeatedly stabbed on a Washington Heights street before running into a restaurant for help and collapsing.

Just before 5:30 a.m. on Thursday outside the Capri restaurant at the corner of Saint Nicholas Avenue and West 177th Street, police said a 39-year-old man was stabbed multiple times by a 37-year-old man he had been fighting with, CBS2 reported. Witnesses added that the bloody victim then entered the nearby restaurant.

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"The guy was like ‘Help! Help!’ and he collapsed inside [the restaurant]," one witness told the New York Daily News.

The victim, who had been stabbed in the neck and stomach, was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition, the Daily News added.

Police caught the suspect a short distance away on West 177th Street, and a weapon was also recovered, according to CBS2. The cause of the fight remained unclear.

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Police told the Daily News that the confrontation did not take place in the restaurant, which had nothing to do with the assault.

The police investigation remained ongoing, CBS2 added.