By Bill Parry
A 44-year-old Jackson Heights man fell to his death from a fourth floor apartment on 95th Street after he was allegedly caught groping a six-year-old boy early Thursday morning, according to the NYPD.
Edgar Collaguazo had been renting a room in his apartment to a family that was celebrating the boy’s birthday when, just after midnight, the parents discovered him with his hands down the youngster’s pants, police said.
Partygoers began to beat Collaguazo and locked him in a room as the mother called 911, according to authorities. Collaguazo attempted to escape out a window and surveillance video showed him falling belly first onto a cast iron railing in an alley below ricocheting onto his back.
Seconds later, officers from the 115th Precinct arrived and shined a flashlight on Collaguazo, finding him to be unconscious and unresponsive, police said. EMS transported Collaguazo to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead.
Collaguazo was married but estranged from his wife and had a criminal record which included five arrests on unspecified charges, police said.
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