Woodhaven golf course groundskeeper dies three days after dispute with trespassers: NYPD

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An elderly groundskeeper at the Forest Park Golf Course in Woodhaven died after getting into an altercation with a group of teens trespassing on the golf course, police announced on Friday.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, around 2:15 p.m., William Hinchey, 79, got into a verbal dispute with a group of boys riding bicycles on the golf course, located at 101 Forest Park Drive, according to the NYPD. The confrontation escalated and one of the teens pushed Hinchey, causing him to fall to the ground and break his hip, cops said.

Police arrived to find Hinchey, a Whitestone resident, unconscious and unresponsive. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital before being transferred to North Shore University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead three days later on Friday, Sept. 11, around 1 p.m., police said.

City Councilman Robert Holden took to Facebook to condemn the trespassers, suggesting the incident was related to the larger increase of certain violent crimes throughout the city in the recent year.

“I will not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Holden said. “The city cannot keep moving in this direction, and the Mayor and Governor must crack down on lawlessness.”

Yesterday at around 3:30pm, an 79-year-old man was assaulted by a group of people who trespassed onto the Forest Park…

Posted by Council Member Robert F. Holden on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The medical examiner has yet to determine the cause of the death.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.