Say Elmhurst Man Brutally Stabbed Spouse
Detectives picked up an Elmhurst man last Thursday, Dec. 4, who allegedly killed his wife inside their home, then went off to work, it was reported.
Law enforcement sources said 47-year-old Luis Paguay repeatedly stabbed his spouse, 39-year-old Maria Paguay, sometime after last Wednesday night, Dec. 3; their 19-year-old son found his mother’s body just before 6 p.m. last Thursday.
Shortly after allegedly committing the murder, authorities allege, Luis Paguay traveled to a Whitestone restaurant, where he worked as dishwasher; security cameras at the location reportedly shows the suspect washing the victim’s blood off his shoes in a sink.
“This is a devastating example of the horrors of domestic abuse,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement last Friday, Dec. 5.
According to the charges, Luis Paguay used a large kitchen knife to repeatedly stab Maria Paguay inside a basement apartment on 50th Avenue between Dec. 3 and 4 for reasons that remain unknown and under investigation.
Shortly after the killing, police said, Luis Paguay allegedly wrote a suicide note in his wife’s name, then went to his workplace: Ducale Restaurant, located at 12- 53 150th St. in Whitestone.
The couple’s 19-year-old son, upon returning home from school at 6 p.m. last Thursday, found Maria Paguay’s blood-covered body and called 911. Officers from the 110th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene.
Following an investigation, members of the 110th Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad arrested and charged Luis Paguay with second-degree murder, fourthdegree criminal possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kristin J. Papadopoulos of the DA’s Homicide Investigations Bureau, which is supervised by Assistant District Attorneys Peter T. Reese, bureau chief, and Peter J. McCormack and Richard B. Schaeffer, deputy bureau chiefs.