Pinch Midville Man For Elmhurst Attack
Law enforcement agents collared a Middle Village man who allegedly stabbed a man in Elmhurst on Sunday morning, Aug. 24, and continue to seek suspects in a separate, fatal knifing at a local apartment house two days earlier, it was reported.
Law enforcement sources charged 24-year-old Jefferson Pachonpineda of 84th Place for attempting to murder a 54-year-old man in front of a Queens Boulevard furniture store.
The incident came less than 48 hours after 50-year-old Mukesh Patel was found slain last Friday afternoon, Aug. 22, inside the lobby of the Broadway apartment building where he resided.
An investigation is ongoing as the Times Newsweekly went to press.
Sources familiar with the investigation stated that detectives are looking into possible links between Pachonpineda and other recent violence in the Elmhurst area.
Regarding Sunday’s stabbing, the stabbing occurred at about 11:40 a.m. in front of a furniture store on the eastbound side of Queens Boulevard near Grand Avenue.
Police sources stated the victim exited the shop when Pachonpineda allegedly approached him and plunged a knife into his chest. Following the bloody attack, the suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.
The motives as to why the attack occurred remain unknown and under investigation.
Officers from the 110th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the scene. Paramedics brought the victim to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was treated for a lacerated liver and other injuries. He was listed in serious condition, but is expected to make a recovery.
Based on information obtained during its investigation, Pachonpineda was tracked down later that afternoon at a Corona barbershop.
He was booked by P.O. Glendon Gayle on charges of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault.
During an arraignment hearing in Queens Criminal Court on Monday, Aug. 25, according to records, Judge Michele Armstrong ordered Pachonpineda held without bail and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. He is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 15.
As for last Friday’s homicide, the incident occurred at about 3:10 p.m. inside the lobby of an apartment house on Broadway near St. James Avenue.
Members of the 110th Precinct, in responding to a 911 call about a male stabbed, found Patel unconscious with multiple stab wounds to his chest.
Paramedics rushed the man to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
No immediate arrests were made despite a search of the surrounding area. An investigation by the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad and the 110th Precinct Detective Squad is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding the murder that could prove helpful is asked to call the 110th Precinct Detective Squad at 1- 718-476-9303 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Information may also be sent to Crime Stoppers via text message to 274637 (enter information, then the code TIP577) or online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
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