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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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MTA bus driver charged after allegedly stabbing wife’s lover in Rockaways


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Updated Wednesday, Nov. 5, 4:45 p.m. 

A city bus driver from Richmond Hill has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his romantic rival in Arverne Tuesday afternoon, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

Ephraim Henry, 30, had completed his route and was driving the empty bus to the depot when he spotted the victim, Oscar Williams.

Williams, 48, was driving a Honda near Beach 67th St. and Beach Channel Drive, when Henry allegedly stopped the bus and began to argue with Williams, who is reportedly involved romantically with Henry’s wife. The two began to fight and Henry stabbed Williams in the arm, Brown said.

Williams survived the incident but had to undergo surgery at a nearby hospital.

Henry was arraigned on Wednesday on charges of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison.

The stabbing was within blocks of where several stray bullets hit an MTA bus on Monday night. No one aboard the bus was injured, but a 21-year-old man was hit in the leg. He was taken to the hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

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66-year-old woman stabbed to death in Queens Village home


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Police are investigating the death of a 66-year-old woman who was found stabbed several times in her Queens Village home early Friday morning.

Officers discovered the victim, Rose Ragsdale, inside her 105th Avenue residence at about 3:20 a.m. with stab wounds to her chest and arm, authorities said.

Ragsdale was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

There are no arrests at this time and the investigation is ongoing.

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Woman arrested following boyfriend’s stabbing in Jamaica: NYPD


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Updated 4:29 p.m.

A  Jamaica man is dead following an altercation with his girlfriend Wednesday night, cops said.

Police, responding to a 911 call of a man stabbed, arrived at the 155th Street home of the victim, 46-year-old Michael Harris, at about 9:50 p.m., cops said. Inside, they found him with several stab wounds to the torso.

Harris was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 33-year-old woman, identified by police as Harris’ girlfriend, Carmen Rodriguez, was taken into custody from the home the two shared, authorities said. The couple allegedly got into a physical altercation before the stabbing.

She was later charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police.

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Suspect arrested in Ridgewood stabbing, carjacking of livery cab driver


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Updated 2:35 p.m.

Police have arrested a man suspected of stabbing a 30-year-old livery cab driver and then stealing his car in Ridgewood last week.

Kenneth Suden, 41, of Ridgewood, has been charged with attempted murder, robbery, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the brutal Sept. 25 attack, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

The victim, Fernando Crespin-Santos, was dispatched to the Cypress Hills section of Brooklyn, where, at about 1:10 a.m. that day, he picked up Suden and was asked to drive him to Ridgewood, according to officials.

Once in the neighborhood, and several blocks from Suden’s home, Suden allegedly held a knife to Crespin-Santos’ throat and demanded money, prosecutors said. He is then accused of stabbing Crespin-Santos repeatedly in the arms, legs and chest before taking off in his vehicle.

Crespin-Santos was able to flee from the car before Suden drove off and was found near 70th Avenue and 60th Street, officials said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, suffering from a collapsed lung, a severed stomach and a severed liver, the district attorney said.

The car was discovered illegally parked a short time later in Ridgewood not far from where Crespin-Santos was found, reports said.

The day of the incident, police released a photo of Suden, looking to question him in the stabbing and carjacking. He was arrested after he walked into a local hospital on Monday and hospital police recognized him and alerted authorities, police said.

Suden has also been charged with committing a knifepoint robbery at a Ridgewood grocery store on Putnam Avenue the night before the stabbing of the livery cab driver, according to the district attorney.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Suden was currently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on a criminal complaint in each case. If convicted in both, he faces up to 50 years in prison.

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Passenger stabs livery cab driver, steals car in Ridgewood: police  


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Updated 8:35 p.m.

Police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed a 30-year-old livery cab driver several times before driving off with his car in Ridgewood early Thursday morning.

The driver was dispatched to Hemlock Street and Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn, where he picked up the suspect at about 1:10 a.m., and was asked to drive the man to Ridgewood, police said.

Around 1:35 a.m. a witness saw the livery cab hit a parked car then speed off at 69th Avenue and Fresh Pond Road, cops said. A short time later and just a few blocks away, the driver was found near 70th Avenue and 60th Street with stab wounds to the chest, arm and hands. His passenger had allegedly taken off with his 2012 gray Toyota Camry after the two got into an argument and the suspect stabbed him.

The cabbie was transported to Elmhurst Hospital, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

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Police have released a photo of a man wanted for questioning in connection to the stabbing and stolen car, 41-year-old Kenneth Suden, and describe him as 5 feet 7 inches tall and 180 pounds. The vehicle has a New York registration number of T634876C.

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

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Police searching for suspect in deadly Elmhurst stabbing


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Cops are looking for a man wanted in a fatal Elmhurst stabbing who was caught on surveillance video leaving the murder scene last week.

The victim, Mukesh Patel, 50, was found inside the vestibule area of his 83-45 Broadway building at about 3:10 p.m. on Aug. 22 with multiple stab wounds to the chest, authorities said.

Patel was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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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Wanted cocaine smuggler nabbed in Springfield Gardens shootout with U.S. marshals: reports


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In a scene straight from an action movie, U.S. marshals serving a warrant at a home in Springfield Gardens exchanged shots with their suspect late Tuesday night, according to published reports.

Marshals surrounded the house at 144th Drive and 175th Street at about 11 p.m. and broke down the door with a battering ram, reports said. The suspect was wearing a bulletproof vest and was the first to open fire. The marshals returned fire and the suspect was wounded in his left hand. Witnesses told the New York Daily News that after being injured, the suspect threw his gun outside his apartment and surrendered to the marshals.

The suspect, Oswald Lewis, was wanted by the DEA for cocaine smuggling and by the NYPD for a stabbing in Brooklyn, according to published reports, and had been on the run for more than two decades.

The shootout terrified the residents in the neighboring houses, with one witness telling the New York Post that it was like a movie. “It was so surreal,” she said.

The suspect was taken to Jamaica Hospital for treatment, reports said. None of the marshals or NYPD cops acting as backup were hurt.

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Man found stabbed in Elmhurst building


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Updated Tuesday Aug. 26, 11:14 a.m.

A 50-year-old man was found stabbed to death in the front lobby of his Elmhurst building on Friday afternoon, according to police.

The victim, Mukesh Patel, who had multiple stab wounds to the chest, was discovered inside a building located at Broadway near St. James Avenue at about 3:10 p.m., cops said.

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

No arrests have been made.

 

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