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Philadelphia man arrested for killing aunt at her Queens Village home


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Updated Sunday, March 15, 11:21 a.m. 

The NYPD charged a Philadelphia man with stabbing his aunt to death with an ice pick inside her Queens Village home last October, authorities said.

Richie Desauguste, 27, was booked on second-degree murder and weapons possession charges for the Oct. 24, 2014, murder of Rose Ragsdale, 66, of 105th Avenue, police announced early Saturday.

Ragsdale was asleep in her bedroom just before 3:20 a.m. that morning when she awoke and spotted a masked intruder, according to police.

When Ragsdale screamed, Desauguste allegedly pulled out an ice pick and stabbed her in the chest and arm. He fled the home but dropped the ice pick at the scene.

Ragsdale, a school bus matron, was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center.

Detectives located Desauguste inside an Applebee’s restaurant at 1710 Hempstead Tpke. in Elmont on Thursday, police sources said. He was subsequently charged with Ragsdale’s murder following questioning.

Police said a family dispute over money may have been the motive in Ragsdale’s killing.

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Five sought in Astoria nightclub fight


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A fight at an Astoria nightclub Friday sent three stabbing victims to the hospital, and police continue to seek five men for questioning, authorities said.

The violence began about 3 a.m. inside Purlieu on 34th Street near 36th Avenue, during a party for the rapper Chedda Da Connect, according to the Daily News.

During the brawl, a 29-year-old man was stabbed in the abdomen and chest, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in his chest and a 28-year-old male was stabbed in his shoulder, police said. The three men were also robbed of their cellphones and jewelry as the fight was happening.

EMS took the victims to area hospitals in stable condition.

Police have released photos of five men wanted for questioning in the assault. It wasn’t immediately clear what led to the fight.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Suspect arrested in stabbing death of Jackson Heights man


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Police have arrested a man in the murder of a 25-year-old Jackson Heights resident who was stabbed to death just outside his apartment late last year.

William Avila, 22, was apprehended at his East Elmhurst home on Friday, according to authorities, and charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the killing of Steven Shimabuku.

Shimabuku was only steps from his home on 90th Street, near 35th Avenue, at about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 19, when Avila allegedly stabbed him in the torso. The two were involved in an ongoing dispute, police said.

He was able to make it back to his basement apartment, where his girlfriend called 911, according to the Daily News. Shimabuku was then taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier this year, police released a video of a suspect in the stabbing, and in late February identified the man as Avila.

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Suspect identified in deadly December stabbing of Jackson Heights man


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Police have identified a suspect in the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old man who was killed just steps from his Jackson Heights apartment last year.

Steven Shimabuku was murdered close to his 90th Street home, near 35th Avenue, at about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 19, police said. He was able to make it back to his basement apartment, where his girlfriend called 911, according to the Daily News.

Shimabuku had been stabbed in the torso after getting into an argument on the street, police said.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives have identified William Avila as a suspect in Shimabuku’s murder, just over a month after police released a video and photo of a suspect.

Avila is 22 years old, Hispanic, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 160 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Man charged in three-day crime spree that began with Elmhurst murder


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Updated Monday, Feb. 16, 12:28 p.m.

Authorities have nabbed a man in the deadly August stabbing of an Elmhurst resident and have also charged him with stabbing another man and punching a third person in the following days, officials said.

“The defendant is alleged to have gone on a wild attack spree — stabbing two men and punching a third — over a three-day period last August,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Jefferson Pachon-Pineda’s streak of violence began on Aug. 22 outside an Elmhurst apartment building at 83-45 Broadway, officials said. He is accused of stabbing one of the building residents, Mukesh Patel, 50, that afternoon.

The following day Pachon-Pineda came up to a 20-year-old man on an R subway train as the doors of the train car opened and punched the man in the face before fleeing, the district attorney’s office said.

His crime spree continued the next day when he approached a 54-year-old man on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst and stabbed him in the chest with a knife, according to Brown. Pachon-Pineda left part of the blade embedded in the victim’s liver, but the man managed to survive his injuries.

Officers from the 110th Precinct located and arrested Pachon-Pineda at a Corona barber shop hours after the Aug. 24 attack; he was incarcerated without bail.

Pachon-Pineda, a Middle Village resident, was arraigned on Jan. 21 on charges of second-degree murder, fourth-degree attempted murder, first- and third-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Pachon-Pineda, who faces up to 50 years to life in prison if convicted, was held without bail.

-With additional reporting by Robert Pozarycki 

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Far Rockaway woman arrested in murder of boyfriend: NYPD


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A 27-year-old woman has been charged with murder after her 48-year-old boyfriend was found stabbed in her Far Rockaway home, police said.

Police, responding to a report of a man assaulted inside of a residence on Beach 84th Street near Beach Channel Drive, discovered Troy Davis stabbed and unresponsive about 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, authorities said.

Davis, a Brooklyn resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His girlfriend, Shaquana Bell, has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in his death, police said.

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NYPD releases video, photo of suspect in stabbing death of Jackson Heights man


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Police are trying to identify a suspect in the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Jackson Heights man who was killed outside his apartment last month.

The victim, Steven Shimabuku, was murdered just steps from his 90th Street home, near 35th Avenue, about 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 19, police said. He was able to make it back to his basement apartment, where his girlfriend called 911, according to the Daily News.

Shimabuku had been stabbed in the torso after getting into an argument on the street, police said.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

RMA#60-15 115 Pct Homicide (2)Police released a video and photo of the suspect on Wednesday. He was wearing a camouflage jacket with an American flag decal on the back, dark pants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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25-year-old man stabbed to death near Jackson Heights apartment


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Police are investigating the stabbing death of a 25-year-old Jackson Heights man.

Steven Shimabuku was found stabbed in the torso at about 9:15 p.m. Friday at 90th Street near 35th Avenue.

He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Shimabuku was just steps from his apartment when he was stabbed, according to the Daily News. He was able to make it back to his home, where his girlfriend called 911.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Elmhurst man stabs wife with kitchen knife, fakes her suicide note: DA


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The estranged husband of an Elmhurst woman was charged Thursday night with stabbing his wife to death with a kitchen knife and trying to make the murder look like a suicide, authorities said.

Luis Paguay, 43, was arrested after police found his wife, 39-year-old Maria Paguay, unconscious and unresponsive with stab wounds on her body inside her 50th Avenue basement apartment at about 6 p.m., cops said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paguay allegedly stabbed his wife multiple times in the neck and chest with a large kitchen knife sometime between Wednesday night and before 6 p.m. Thursday, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. The victim’s 19-year-old son found her as he returned home from school.

After stabbing his wife, Paguay allegedly wrote a suicide note in his wife’s name and then left for his job as a dishwasher at Ducale Restaurant in Whitestone, Brown said. When he arrived at the restaurant he allegedly saw he had blood on his shoes and according to surveillance footage, he attempted to wash his shoes in a sink.

According to the New York Daily News, the couple had recently separated and the victim’s husband had gotten angry that she was in a new relationship.

Paguay, who is awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

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Professional boxer arrested for brutal killing of Jamaica woman


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A professional boxer and former Golden Gloves champ was arrested Wednesday night and charged with stabbing and beating his ex-girlfriend to death near her Jamaica home two days earlier, police said.

Trevis Hall, 28, was charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the brutal slaying of Margarita Rivera, 31, a mother of two, police said.

Rivera was found fatally injured on Monday at about 2:30 p.m. in front of 107-22 Watson Place, just down the street from her residence, authorities said.

She had been stabbed several times in the head and chest, police said, and had also been beaten in the head, according to a witness, who told cops someone had struck Rivera with a pipe. Both weapons were recovered by police at the scene.

Rivera was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Hall, a native of Guyana, was a 2009 Golden Gloves champ. He’s boxed in eight pro matches since 2010 and as recently as Sept. 20 of this year.

According to published reports, Hall, who had recently split with Rivera, was found by cops behind a dumpster, unconscious and intoxicated about 10 miles away from the murder scene. He was also taken to Jamiaca Hospital, where he was questioned by detectives.

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Man stabs parents in Flushing: cops


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Updated Wednesday, Dec. 3, 9:37 a.m. 

A man stabbed his parents during a dispute over money at their Flushing home Tuesday morning, according to police.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. at a residence on Sanford Avenue near Parsons Boulevard, authorities said.

As the argument escalated, the son took a kitchen knife and stabbed his 73-year-old father and 68-year-old mother in the neck, according to police.

The couple was taken to New York Hospital Queens with non-life-threatening injuries.

Their son, 44-year-old Zhong Chen, has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

A garbage fire was also reported at the same address of the stabbing at 9:04 a.m. that day, which started outside the building and extended to the first floor, the FDNY said. It was not immediately clear whether the two incidents were connected.

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Woman fatally stabbed, beaten near Jamaica home


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Updated 9:40 a.m. 

A 31-year-old woman was brutally stabbed and beaten to death with a pipe near her Jamaica home Monday afternoon, police said.

The victim, Margarita Rivera, was found about 2:30 p.m. in front of 107-22 Watson Place, just down the street from her residence, authorities said.

She had been stabbed several times in the head and chest, police said, and had also been beaten in the head, according to a witness, who told cops someone had struck Rivera with a pipe.

Rivera was taken to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A knife and pipe were recovered next to the victim, according to police. A person who is known to Rivera was in custody Tuesday morning, but has not been charged.

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Man allegedly stabs Flushing roommate over what to watch on TV


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A Flushing man stabbed his roommate early Sunday morning after the two struggled for control over the TV, according to police and a published report.

The two men were inside their Sanford Avenue home about 6:50 a.m. when the dispute occurred, police said.

One of the men, 60, stabbed his 51-year-old roommate in the neck and stomach, authorities said.

The victim was taken to New York Hospital Queens with non-life-threatening injuries.

His roommate, Waheed Akbar, has been charged with felony assault, according to the New York Post. He allegedly stabbed the victim over what to watch on TV that morning.

A kitchen knife was recovered at the scene, police said.

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Boyfriend arrested in stabbing death of woman inside Flushing home


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Updated Monday, Nov. 10, 5:19 p.m.

A 68-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death by her boyfriend inside their Flushing apartment Saturday night, police said.

Officers found the victim, Josefina Mendoza, at her 149-45 Northern Blvd. home about 11:35 p.m. covered in blood, with stab wounds to her face, body and back, prosecutors said. Her throat had also been slashed.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mendoza’s live-in boyfriend, Naser Alzein, 51, stabbed her after the two got into a dispute, according to police, but it was not clear what exactly sparked the violence.

He has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Queens man gets 45 years for murdering wife, young daughters in their bed


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A Jamaica man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for stabbing to death his wife and their two daughters, ages 1 and 2, after he flew into a jealous rage, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter in the killing of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their two children, prosecutors said. He allegedly stabbed Garcia and his daughters, Daniela and Yoselin Mejia, repeatedly with a kitchen knife sometime between Jan. 18 and 19.

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He then tried to flee to Mexico, but was captured in Texas and arrested.

At the time of his arraignment, the District Attorney said Mejia-Ramos killed his girls because he didn’t have car seats to take them with him after committing the crime, according to published reports.

Following his arrest, he admitted that before killing his family, he had returned home drunk and looked through his wife’s phone, according to Brown. On the phone, he found a photo of his wife with another man and flew into a rage. Mejia-Ramos then grabbed the knife and stabbed his wife while she slept next to her children, then killed the girls.

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