2005-09-09 / Front Page

Sliced ‘From Side To Side’

Stabbing At Beautiful Palm Garden
By Brian Magoolaghan

Sliced 'From Side To Side'

Police Officer brings Michael Vola, 40, into the 100 Precinct stationhouse. Vola faces several charges including attempted murder in connection with a stabbing at a local pub.Police Officer brings Michael Vola, 40, into the 100 Precinct stationhouse. Vola faces several charges including attempted murder in connection with a stabbing at a local pub.

The Beautiful Palm Garden Pub was the scene of a brutal stabbing Sunday night when the barmaid's boyfriend slashed an underage patron across his stomach and then stabbed him in the chest following an argument, police said.

Court records say the victim's intestines spilled out of the gaping wound to his midsection. "He was cut just above his beltline all the way from one side of his abdomen to the other," a witness told The Wave.

Police locked down Rockaway Beach Boulevard, rerouting "Hat Party" revelers around the blood-spattered concrete outside the bar.

The pub's owner, Owen Baxter, said the confrontation started inside the bar when Mark Sciortino, 20, made a "disrespectful" comment to the bartender, JoAnn Waters. Michael Vola, Waters' boyfriend, had words with Sciortino, which prompted Waters to ask Vola to leave.

Baxter contends that Sciortino was told he could not drink with the six other people he came in with, and said that's where the trouble may have started.

Police didn't say who initiated the violence, but a witness saw Vola pull Sciortino in towards him and stab him with a large knife while the two were out on the street, according to court records. Vola fled on foot but was apprehended less than a block away by two Police Officers, Villani and Johnson, at his apartment located at 183 Beach 114 Street.

Sciortino, who bled all over the ground, remained conscious. EMS brought him to Jamaica Hospital where he immediately underwent surgery and was expected to recover.

Vola is charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown. He will also face drug charges because police found a pipe in his pants pocket that contained crack residue.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti set Vola's bail at $200,000 bond and $100,000 cash. He is due back in court on September 19.

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