Hollis man fatally stabbed in Rochdale Village

By Patrick Donachie

A Hollis man was stabbed to death in Rochdale Village Monday and police were seeking information about his murder.

John Castro, 33, was stabbed twice by a suspect or suspects while inside his minivan, according to a preliminary investigation that was detailed by Officer Brian J. Bohannon, the executive officer of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct. The incident occurred at about 12:20 p.m., according to the NYPD.

Police believe the stabbing took place in Circle No. 5 near Building No. 18 in the Rochdale Village complex, Bohannon said. After he was stabbed, Castro got out of the minivan and walked into GBB Wellness Pharmacy, which is located at 137-42 Guy Brewer Blvd., where he tried to get assistance for his injuries, Bohannon told reporters at a media briefing. Emergency crews arrived at the pharmacy and took him to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bohannon said there was one witness to the incident, but the stabbing had not been captured on video. He noted there was a lot of scaffolding in the area which made it difficult for anything to be picked up on camera. The officer said the investigation was in its preliminary stages and that crime scene investigators were still working on establishing more details about the crime. As of yet, Bohannon said they were unsure who was in the car with Castro when he was stabbed.

Individuals with information about the incident can call the NYPD Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1 (800) 577-TIPS, and can also submit tips online at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at pdonachie@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.