1999-07-03 / Front Page

Smith Homicide Solved

Suspects Charged With Murder
By Joan Ward George

Joseph Frye and Alton Harden, the suspects in last week’s murder of nineteen year old William Smith, of Rockaway Beach, have been officially charged with murder and with crim- inal possession of stolen property.

According to police, Frye. of Rockaway Beach and Harden, of Arverne, both 19, were casual acquaintances of their victim.

Smith was found by a fisherman in the early evening on Tuesday, June 22 with his body partially clad and partially in the water off the jetty near Beach 86 street and Jamaica Bay.

Although the perps and the victims were known to each other, robbery is still thought by police to have been the motive for the attack that claimed Smith’s life. His bicycle, gold chain and medallion were missing when his body was found.

The Smith homicide is the second such incident within a month that involved victims and attackers that knew each other, and robbery of gold jewelry that turned into a homicide.

"It’s a shame that someone had to lose their life over a piece of jewelry," said Sgt. Artie Nappo, head of the 100 Precinct Detective Squad. "People have to be very aware of their surroundings and of the company they keep."

Sgt. Nappo, who first started the Rockaway Most Wanted Fugitives From Justice column with The Wave, continues to preach that the community needs to be aware of what’s going on around them, suspicious actions, and the like. He encourages everyone who might know the whereabouts of a fugitive to keep arms length, not try to approach the suspect, but, as soon as possible, call the 100 Precinct Detective Squad at 718-318-4221 or the CRIMESTOPPERS Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.



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