2010-03-19 / Front Page

Cops Bust 3 In Stabbing Death

By Howard Schwach
Police have arrested three men in connection with the stabbing death of a young Hispanic man who was found with multiple stab wounds on the beach at Beach 12 Street early in the morning of Wednesday, March 17, police sources say.

A police vehicle stands on the beach where the body of an unidentified man was found early on Wednesday morning. The identity of the man, who was stabbed to death, is being with held pending notification of next of kin. A police vehicle stands on the beach where the body of an unidentified man was found early on Wednesday morning. The identity of the man, who was stabbed to death, is being with held pending notification of next of kin. Police sources identified the dead man as Mario Alberto Canton Quijada, 25, of Beach Channel Drive in Edgemere.

Quijada’s death has been classified as the first homicide of the year in Rockaway

While two bodies were found on the beach at Beach 93 Street in late January both of those deaths are still pending an investigation by the city’s Chief Medical Examiner, and have not been classified as homicides. The first homicide in Rockaway last year came on March 19, 2009.

Police say that uniformed officers on patrol on the boardwalk at about 12:34 a.m. on Wednesday saw three young men on the beach.

The cops went down on the sand to investigate the three and found Quijada with multiple stab wounds to his body.

An ambulance was called and EMS workers declared him dead on the scene.

The three men on the beach with the body were taken into custody and transported to the 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway for questioning.

Local sources conjecture that the murder may have been the result of a fight between rival gang members.

The three men were arrested on Wednesday evening and transported to Queens Criminal Court for booking.

The three are identified by police as Diego Marroquin, 19, of Mott Avenue; Heriberto Martinez, 23, of Central Avenue and Roger Alvarado, 30, of Queens.

Marroquin and Mart inez have been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

The charges against Alvarado are still pending, according to court sources.

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