By Carlotta Mohamed
FLUSHING — A Flushing man was arrested and charged last week after allegedly stabbing another man and fleeing the scene, according to the New York Police Department.
Police from the 109th Precinct identified the man as Christian Garcia Duque, 39, of 137-47 45th Ave. in Flushing.
According to police, on Aug. 21 at about 12:25 a.m. Garcia Duque approached a 36-year-old man who was talking with a friend by a closed storefront at 44-45 Kissena Blvd. and engaged in a verbal dispute. Garcia allegedly proceeded to stab the victim in the back with a knife, causing serious physical injury, police said.
Garcia had fled the scene, but was apprehended in front of 43-32 Bowne St. where cops recovered the knife, police said.
The victim was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition, police said.
Garcia was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.
Hours later, police responded to another unrelated incident at approximately 7:10 a.m. inside Bowne Park in the area of 32nd Avenue and 157th Street.
According to police, a 51-year-old man, who was walking through the park got into a dispute with a man in his 70s.
The suspect in his 70s punched the victim in the face repeatedly before fleeing the scene. The victim suffered minor injuries, including a nose laceration and facial swelling, police said.
Police described the suspect as 5-foot-7 with short, straight brown hair.
Anyone with information about the assault can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS; all calls are kept confidential.
— Carlotta Mohamed