2004-10-08 / Front Page

Far Rockaway Man Murdered In Bayswater

Jesus Canales at his job at Stefan’s Florists. The Far Rockaway man was beaten, stabbed and shot in Bayswater.
Jesus Canales at his job at Stefan’s Florists. The Far Rockaway man was beaten, stabbed and shot in Bayswater. A Far Rockaway man, described by police as a “good family man,” was reportedly chased, beaten, stabbed and then fatally shot on a Bayswater street at about 4:41 a.m. on Saturday night.

Police sources say that patrol officers responding to a 911 call came upon the body of Jesus Canales, 64, of Mott Avenue in front of a private home at 13-76 Eggert Place in Bayswater.

While police declined to say where the chase began, other published reports say that the murder chase began at about 3 a.m. on Enright Road.

Sources say that the five foot seven inch, 150-pound man was found face up in a pool of blood, and that blood lay along the wooden fence and in a pool on the street.

Canales was beaten, stabbed “numerous times” and shot once in the head.

The fatal shot reportedly took place at the Eggert Place location. Neighbors say that there was a bloody stick nearby the body and speculated that Canales may have tried to defend himself. The neighbor also speculated that he may have been trying to get to one of the homes on the block.

“I heard a shot, but I didn’t pay too much attention,” one local resident told reporters at the scene.

While police declined to speculate on a motive for the murder, one officer close to the case said that the suspicion was that the “family man” was the victim of a dispute robbery.

Canales has worked for the past few years for Stefan’s Florist in Lawrence.

A coworker, who would identify himself only as Carlo, told The Wave, “He was the nicest man anybody ever met. He was quiet and never raised his voice to anybody.”

His coworker added that he had been robbed “quite a few times” previously in Rockaway.

Police are looking for the public’s help in finding the killer. Anybody who has information on the crime should call Detective Naus or Detective Cashen at the 100 Precinct Squad, 718-868-3428.

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