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Elmhurst man sentenced for fatal stabbing of wife


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The Elmhurst man who stabbed his wife to death in 2014 and went on with his day, after faking her suicide note, has been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison, prosecutors announced.

Luis Paguay, 43, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter this past June. After his 18-year sentence, the judge also ordered five years of post-release supervision.

According to court documents, Paguay admitted to stabbing his 39-year-old wife, Maria Paguay, in their basement Elmhurst apartment between the night of Dec. 3, 2014, and just before 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2014. A large kitchen knife was found near the victim’s body.

After killing his wife, Paguay wrote a note in his wife’s name claiming that her death was a suicide, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. He then went to his job as a dishwasher at Ducale Restaurant in Whitestone.

Once arriving at the restaurant, Paguay noticed blood on his shoes and video surveillance from the site shows what looked like him washing his shoes in a sink, authorities said.

Maria Paguay’s body was found around 6 p.m. on Dec. 4, 2014, by her 19-year-old son who had just come home from school.

“Although the defendant ultimately took responsibility for his violent crime by pleading guilty to manslaughter, he first tried to make it appear that his wife took her own life by writing a suicide note in her name and letting her 19-year-old son discover his mother’s bloody remains upon returning home from school,” Brown said. “The lengthy sentence imposed by the court is a just resolution to this case.”

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Astoria man found fatally stabbed in his home


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Updated Monday, June 22, 3:23 p.m.

Detectives are looking for leads in the homicide of a 54-year-old man who was found repeatedly stabbed inside his Astoria apartment on Saturday morning.

Officers from the 114th Precinct found Enver Julevic with multiple stab wounds to his torso inside his residence on 12th Street near 31st Avenue at 6:17 a.m. Paramedics responded to the location and pronounced him dead.

According to authorities, a friend of the victim tried to contact Julevic previously and, after receiving no response, went to the apartment for a visit. Using a spare key, the friend entered the apartment and discovered Julevic lying on the dining room floor.

No arrests have been made as of yet, and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

Anyone with information regarding the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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Texas man indicted in 2005 Queens murder of godfather


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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A man accused of fatally stabbing his 85-year-old godfather in Queens a decade ago is finally facing charges after being arrested in Texas, prosecutors said.

Jamal Darrow, 35, of San Antonio, was arraigned Monday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder on a three-count indictment charging him with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder following extradition from his home state, according to the district attorney’s office.

“The defendant has been on the run for 10 years, but he could not hide from justice forever. The accused — the godson of the elderly man — allegedly took a knife and stabbed the victim multiple times as he tried to rob him of his valuables,” District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Darrow, according to the charges, stabbed his godfather, Charles Boyd, on April 1, 2005, while in the midst of a robbery inside the elderly man’s 116th Avenue home. The retired bus driver and widower suffered stab wounds to the torso, face and neck.

According to the San Antonio Express News, the case went cold for years until 2013, when new leads and information eventually led to Texas and Darrow’s apprehension on Wednesday.

Darrow, who was ordered held without bail and to return to court on July 17, faces up to life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted.

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Woman stabbed to death in South Richmond Hill residence


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A 27-year-old woman was fatally stabbed during an apparent domestic dispute inside her South Richmond Hill home early Tuesday morning, according to police.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct discovered the victim in the basement of the home on 134th Street near 97th Avenue at about 6:46 a.m. Moments earlier, according to police, the landlord heard a commotion coming from the basement and contacted 911.

Reportedly, the victim was found lying on the living room floor with stab wounds to her shoulder and wrist. Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. The victim’s identity was not disclosed pending family notification.

No arrests were made at the scene, and detectives are continuing to search for the woman’s killer, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All calls and messages will be kept confidential.

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Video released of suspects in deadly Hollis stabbing


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Police have released video footage of two suspects in connection to the murder of a 39-year-old man who they say was stabbed to death on a Hollis street corner during a dispute over the weekend.

Officers found Otto Emilio Ajpacaja-Cua at 184th Street and Jamaica Avenue just before 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, according to authorities.

He had been stabbed in the chest and thigh after an argument had turned violent outside a restaurant on the corner, reports said. It wasn’t clear what sparked the confrontation.

EMS took Ajpacaja-Cua to Jamaica 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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Pair repeatedly stabs pedestrian in Ridgewood


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While walking home from a nearby bar, a 27-year-old man was stabbed numerous times by two unidentified attackers on a Ridgewood street early Sunday morning, according to police.

Authorities said the brutal assault occurred at 2:30 a.m. at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Bleecker Street.

Moments earlier, the victim left the Paradise Bar at 678 Woodward Ave. and was walking northbound on Woodward Avenue when he approached two Hispanic males ahead of him, police sources said.

As he approached them, the two men engaged the victim in a verbal dispute, sources said. Within seconds, the argument turned physical when the suspects repeatedly stabbed the man about the chest and back.

Officers from the 104th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene after receiving a 911 call regarding the incident. Police found the man with stab wounds to his right torso, stomach, back and left thigh.

Paramedics rushed the victim to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The 104th Precinct Detective Squad is investigating the case.

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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Richmond Hill teen fatally stabs stepfather over dirty dishes: DA


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Updated 5:44 p.m.

A 19-year-old college student has been arrested after stabbing his stepfather at their Richmond Hill apartment Sunday afternoon following an argument over washing the dishes, prosecutors said.

Nickel McLean allegedly told police that he had just returned home from playing soccer that afternoon when he got into the dispute with his stepfather, 50-year-old David Hightower. During the confrontation, he said Hightower threatened and struck him, according to the district attorney’s office.

Cops found Hightower inside his home on 114th Street near Myrtle Avenue at about 2:30 p.m., authorities said. He had been stabbed several times in the chest, abdomen and arm.

Hightower was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

McLean was taken into custody at the scene and charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, officials said. He was held on $500,000 bail following his arraignment Monday morning.

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Man found stabbed to death on Hollis street corner


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Police are investigating the murder of a 39-year-old man who was found stabbed on a Hollis street corner early Sunday morning.

Officers discovered Jamaica resident Otto Emilio Ajpacaja-Cua at 184th Street and Jamaica Avenue just before 4:30 a.m. after he had been stabbed in the chest and thigh, authorities said.

EMS rushed Ajpacaja-Cua to Jamaica Hospital, but he did not survive.

According to police, an argument led to the stabbing. There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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Arrest in Cambria Heights stabbing death


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Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of a 40-year-old homeless man who was found fatally stabbed in Cambria Heights, authorities announced late Friday.

Andre Perrin, 48, has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of Dshawn Rogers, cops said.

Officers discovered Rogers on 230th Street outside a home near 116th Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. on Thursday, authorities said. He was unconscious and had been stabbed in the torso.

Rogers was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Cops believe a dispute between Rogers and Perrin, who lives a couple of blocks from the crime scene, led to the stabbing. The relationship between the two was not immediately clear.

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Homeless man found stabbed to death in Cambria Heights: NYPD


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A 40-year-old homeless man was found fatally stabbed on a Cambria Heights street Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Responding to a 911 call, officers discovered Dshawn Rogers on 230th Street, outside a home in a residential area near 116th Avenue, at about 4:20 p.m. He was unconscious and had been stabbed in the torso.

EMS transported Rogers to Jamaica Hospital, where he died.

There have been no arrests and the investigation is ongoing.

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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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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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