A New York A pub worker charged with manslaughter after a fight with an ex-convict in his shop has been released from jail after his bond was reduced amid a public outcry.

Jose Alba, 62, was released from Rikers Island Thursday night and returned to his Hamilton Heights home wearing an electronic monitor and accompanied by one of his sons after his bail was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000.

Alba was arrested Friday in the stabbing of Austin Simon, a 35-year-old man who broke into a Harlem bodega where he worked and assaulted him.

Alba then stabbed Simon in the neck and chest.

He was then thrown into Rikers Island and held on $250,000 bail after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg asked for double that, despite other career criminals being routinely released.

After public outcry over the decision, a Manhattan judge finally lowered Alba’s bond today and he was released home.

Jose Alba, 62, was released from Rikers Island Thursday night and returned home accompanied by one of his sons after his bail was reduced from $250,000 to $50,000.

Alba was arrested last week in the stabbing of 35-year-old Austin Simon, who broke into a Harlem bodega where he worked and assaulted him.  Alba's bond was lowered after public outcry

Alba was arrested last week in the stabbing of 35-year-old Austin Simon, who broke into a Harlem bodega where he worked and assaulted him. Alba’s bond was lowered after public outcry

Alba, who is well-liked in the local community, has worked at a Harlem bodega for decades and has no criminal record.  He returned home Thursday with a monitor on his ankle

Alba, who is well-liked in the local community, has worked at a Harlem bodega for decades and has no criminal record. He returned home Thursday with a monitor on his ankle

New York City Mayor Eric Adams even visited the bodega today to show his support for Alba.

“I’m a person who is there for the law-abiding people. I saw on video, I saw a law-abiding voter here in the store… It’s time for New Yorkers and Americans to start standing up for law-abiding people,” he said.

At a hearing Thursday, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg moved to lower Alba’s bail from $250,000 to $50,000. He was only required to post $5,000 – 10 percent – which is well within his family’s reach.

This is a small victory for a 62-year-old man who, according to many, should not have been arrested at all.

It was the altercation that led to Jose Alba's arrest last Friday.  Alba, 62, is pictured wearing a blue striped shirt and hat.  Austin Simon (right) came to the store to confront Alba who refused to give his girlfriend a bag of crisps

It was the altercation that led to Jose Alba’s arrest last Friday. Alba, 62, is pictured wearing a blue striped shirt and hat. Austin Simon (right) came to the store to confront Alba who refused to give his girlfriend a bag of crisps

Loved in the local community, Alba has worked there for decades and has no criminal record.

The attack at the cafe happened when Simon’s girlfriend was denied a card when she tried to buy a bag of crisps. Her debit card was declined and Alba refused to give her the chips.

She then pulled a knife from her purse and attacked him before calling her boyfriend for backup, according to Alba’s family.

CCTV footage shows Simon bursting into the store wearing a $350 Amiri shirt, standing over Alba and struggling with him.

Alba grabbed a box knife to stab him in the neck and chest. He later died in hospital.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office initially requested a $500,000 bond, which a judge last week called too high. A decision was made for $250,000, which the family could not afford.

They set up a GoFundMe page to help raise bail and pay for his legal team, but GoFundMe deleted the account after it raised $20,000.

A spokesperson for GoFundMe told DailyMail.com: “Our terms of service prohibit fundraising for the legal defense of a violent crime.

“At this time, the fundraiser has been removed and all donors have been refunded.”

Alba was sitting in a small convenience store when the man cornered him and demanded he apologize to his girlfriend, who police said could not afford a bag of chips

Alba was sitting in a small convenience store when the man cornered him and demanded he apologize to his girlfriend, who police said could not afford a bag of chips

The store where the incident happened last Friday

The store where the incident happened last Friday

Bragg’s office said Thursday it reached a deal with the man’s family on bail conditions that include surrendering his passport and wearing an electronic ankle monitor.

The owner of the store where the incident took place also agreed to be liable for it, the prosecutor’s office said.

Alba – who is from the Dominican Republic and became a US citizen 14 years ago – was thrown into Rikers.

The man's family set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his legal defense, but it was deleted overnight after raising $20,000

The man’s family set up a GoFundMe to help pay for his legal defense, but it was deleted overnight after raising $20,000

The page no longer exists on GoFundMe.  The fundraising website has yet to explain why

The page no longer exists on GoFundMe. The fundraising website has yet to explain why

Among those who criticized Bragg for the decision to indict him Thursday was Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin.

“My first action on my first day as governor next January will be to fire Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg,” he said.

A shop assistant, who did not want to be named, told DailyMail.com yesterday: “The girlfriend is still there and enjoying life.”

Regulars at the store described Alba as a hard-working father who was preparing for retirement and was looking forward to returning to the Dominican Republic next week to visit his family.

He worked in the shop every day of the week from midday to 6am, they told DailyMail.com, to “make an honest living”.

But in the more than two years he’s been at the store, several patrons have tried to take advantage of him, grabbing items and trying to make off with them.

One man even raised a gun at him once, they said.

So when Simon walked into the store and started threatening him last week, he didn’t know if he had a gun or if he could kill him.

“He never wanted trouble,” said Ahmad’s son, who was working the counter Wednesday.

“I picture him as my grandfather in that situation.”

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