The man wanted for an attempted robbery in Corona and a murder in Manhattan has been caught and charged, police report.
According to authorities, William Smith, 53, of 400 East 30 St. has been arrested and charged with second degree murder for his alleged involvement in the murder of a 56-year-old man who was found slashed in the neck inside 400 East 30th St. at 8:26 a.m. on Friday, April 15.
The following day, Smith was named as the suspect in a botched robbery of a livery cab driver at 12:30 a.m. in front of the Holiday Inn on Van Cleef Street near Horace Harding Expressway in Corona, police said. Smith, who initially hailed the cab at the corner of 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, allegedly tried to rob the 43-year-old cab driver upon arriving at the destination. He then slashed the driver along his back and neck with an unknown sharp object, then exited the cab without property and fled on foot.