2009-05-01 / Community

A-Train Homicide

By Howard Schwach

A dispute between members of three Hispanic gangs last Friday led to a brutal stabbing that left a 17-year-old teen lying dead on the Beach 98 Street A Train subway platform, police say.

At about 3:50 p.m. on June 13, two transit police officers patrolling the Beach 98 Street station were alerted that there was a fight on the A Train coming northbound from Beach 116 Street.

The fight, which involved more than a dozen teens, was so violent that the two, Police Officer Theresa Boeninghaus and Police Officer Corey Hayes, the transit district's crime prevention officer, called for help and numerous units from the two local precincts and the detective bureau responded.

The fight spilled out onto the platform and responding police found a man, later identified as Ariel Pena Rodriquez, of Manhattan, with several stab wounds to his neck, right leg and groin.

Paramedics from the Fire Department's Emergency Medical Service stabilized Pena and rushed him to the trauma center at Jamaica Hospital.

Police secured the subway car and kept everybody on board for questioning.

One officer at the scene said that so many of the witnesses had blood on them that it was impossible to tell who had attempted to help the victim and who had stabbed him.

- Excerpted from The Wave 6-20-08

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