Manslaughter Charges For Woodside Hall Brawl
Detectives charged a Bushwick man last Thursday, Oct. 9, for his alleged role in the fatal beating of a 24-year-old man during a July brawl outside a Woodside catering hall, police reported.
Law enforcement sources identified the suspect as Jorge Navarro, 20, of Willoughby Avenue, who was booked in connection with the death of Eduardo Rojas of 61st Street in Sunset Park.
According to authorities, the incident took place at around 1 a.m. on July 26 outside the Queens Palace catering hall, located on 57th Street between 37th and 38th avenues.
As previously reported, Navarro and several other individuals allegedly kicked and punched Rojas about the head and body, causing blunt force trauma.
During the fracas, police noted, an unidentified participant allegedly fired gunshots, several of which struck a 25-year-old man in the left leg and back.
Shortly after the crowd dispersed, officers from the 108th Precinct-which received calls regarding the shooting- responded to the scene. Paramedics rushed Rojas and the shooting victim to Elmhurst Hospital Center.
Rojas was pronounced dead on arrival, while the other man was treated and later released.
Based on information obtained during the investigation, Navarro was booked last Thursday by Det. Joseph Bey of the 108th Precinct Detective Squad on first-degree counts of manslaughter and gang assault.
According to records, Navarro remains held in custody on $500,000 bail, as set by Queens Criminal Court Justice Donna Marie Golia at arraignment last Thursday.
He is scheduled to return to court on Oct. 22.