Death of Flushing man attacked this summer at College Point Park is ruled a homicide

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The death of a Flushing man who was viciously attacked inside College Point Park in June was a ruled a homicide on Dec. 22, it was reported.

The incident that left 21-year-old John Pierre Villenueva unconscious with head trauma near the handball courts inside College Point Park near 14th Avenue and College Point Boulevard occurred at about 6 p.m. on June 15.

Police said a dispute broke out inside the park when Villenueva was attacked. It appeared he was punched in the face and hit his head on the ground.

According to NYC Parks Advocates, Villenueva later died on Sept. 9 at New York Hospital of Queens as a result of complications from an impact injury to the head, as noted in the Medical Examiner’s report.

Police have identified a person of interest in the case, a 23-year-old man who has not been arrested.

The person of interest has 11 prior arrests, law enforcement officials said, with crimes ranging from felony assault to drugs to robbery.

Anyone with information regarding the case or the suspect’s whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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