2003-08-29 / Front Page

Stabbing Death Leads To Arrest

By Howard Schwach
Stabbing Death Leads To Arrest By Howard Schwach

The stabbing death of a Far Rockaway man on Tuesday has led to the arrest of a neighbor, police say.

Police responding to "calls for help" at about 1:15 p.m. on August 26 found Michael Morales, 18 in the lobby of 23-11 Cornaga Avenue. Morales had suffered "numerous stab wounds to his back and torso."

According to police, Morales was laying in the lobby, "unconscious and unresponsive." He was declared dead at the scene by EMS workers.

Police say that they recovered a bloody pocket knife, a sheath and a bloody shirt at the scene. Police officers were dispatched to local hospitals to ascertain if anybody had walked in to their emergency room with knife wounds, but there were no results.

A level one mobilization was called and the South Queens Task Force was called in to assist with a search for a weapon.

Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, however, detectives from the 101 Precinct detective squad, assisted by the Queens Homicide Squad, arrested Carlos Polanco, 19, a first-floor neighbor of Morales. The two, who police say are both members of the Latin Kings, allegedly argued over the failure of Morales to get involved in a fight earlier in the week. Police sources say both men have criminal records.

According to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, Plocanco has been charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

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