Man arrested in stabbing at Jax. Heights Laundromat

Man arrested in stabbing at Jax. Heights Laundromat
Detectives interview witnesses at the scene of a fatal stabbing in Jackson Heights last Thursday. Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of committing the crime. Photo by Jeremy Walsh
By Jeremy Walsh

A teenage boy is dead and young man under arrest after a stabbing in Jackson Heights early Friday evening, police said.

The incident occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. at Northern Boulevard and 89th Street, police said. Carlos Rios, 17, of Jackson Heights, got into an argument with two men outside a car wash and Laundromat, police said. One of the men allegedly stabbed the teen multiple times before fleeing the scene, police said.

The stabbing took place evidently in plain view of traffic along Jackson Heights' commerical district on Northern Boulevard. A large pool of what appeared to be blood was visible in the driveway of the Laundromat as detectives interviewed witnesses after the incident.

The victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead, police said. Jose Fuentes, 22, of Jackson Heights, was arrested on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said. The second suspect has not yet been caught, police said.

Fuentes was arraigned July 12 in Queens Criminal Court, the queens district attorney's office said. His next court date is July 28, the DA said. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison, the DA's office said.

Murders in the 115th Precinct are down so far from 2007 numbers, according to online police statistics. There have been two homicides in the 115th according to the statistics. Last year there were three as of the first week of July according to the statistics.

Much of the crime fighting focus of the 110th and 115th precincts has been around Roosevelt Avenue, where five people were shot during what police called a gang-related attack in May. A stabbing and July 4 assault that nearly killed a man on Junction Boulevard both occurred outside of that corridor, already patrolled by officers from the city's Operation Impact program.

Reach reporter Jeremy Walsh by e-mail at jwalsh@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 154.

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