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Updated: S. Ozone Park man charged with assault in brother’s death

Photo by Ken Maldonado
By Sarina Trangle

Police have arrested the younger brother of a South Ozone Park man who was killed when the siblings’ brawled Tuesday afternoon, the NYPD said.

Daniel Tolentino, 29, was arrested Wednesday evening and charged with assault, according to the New York Police Department.

Police said Tolentino struck his brother, Jason Tolentino, 30, in the head with a piece of cookery around 3:20 p.m. When police arrived at the scene, officers said they found the elder brother sprawled on the floor with head trauma. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the NYPD.

Few neighbors seemed aware of the death Wednesday morning.

Miguel Orellano, a retired police officer who lives across the street from Tolentino, said several families had moved in and out of the home in recent years and most occupants lived private lives.

“Nobody on the block would know them. They keep to themselves. They don’t socialize with anybody,” Orellano said.

He said he was surprised to see police posted in front of the home Tuesday because his street has been calm since he moved in shortly before Sept. 11.

“We’ve never had any problems,” Orellano said.

Reach reporter Sarina Trangle at 718-260-4546 or by e-mail at strangle@cnglocal.com.

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