Lovebirds In Stomping Death
A pair of Rockaway lovebirds who are now facing life in prison were arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court on Sunday on charges that they capped a long, boozy date by stomping a would-be good Samaritan to death in the street in the Mott Haven section.
Bronx prosecutors say that Quintin Guerrero, 61, was killed when he rushed to aid one of his accused attackers, Tosheba Alford, 20, after she jumped out of a moving cab in front of his Bronx house to escape a beating from her boyfriend.
Alford told Bronx detectives she never raised a hand to the man who tried to help her, insisting she attempted to stop her boyfriend, ex-con Kendall Major, 35, from killing Guerrero.
Both Major and Alford live at 25-23 Oceancrest Boulevard in the Bayswater section of Rockaway, across the street from the Far Rockaway Educational Campus, police say. “He [Major] started punching and kicking the man. I tried to pull Kendall off,” Alford told detectives, according to a prosecutor.
Witnesses, including the cabbie who saw the beating and notified police, however, claimed Alford was as responsible as Major for the 1:30 a.m. Saturday beatdown in Mott Haven, kicking the man repeatedly on the head and body.
“It was very horrifying to see,” livery cab driver Angel Ruiz, 47, who called 911 and helped cops track down the pair, told newspaper reporters.
“I was on my way down into Manhattan when all the sudden I just noticed there was a male and a female beating up on a guy,” said Ruiz at a press conference. “I tried to scream at them to stop, stop, but they continued. That’s when the male started running and I got out of my car and felt the guy’s pulse and he was already gone.” Major and Alford were arraigned Sunday in Bronx Supreme Court on second-degree murder charges.
They were ordered held without bail, pending an April 28 grand jury hearing.
The couple, who had reportedly spent the evening drinking heavily, were headed to the Bronx when they started fighting in the back of Ruiz’s livery cab.
Major reportedly started hitting Alford, accusing her of having an incestuous relationship with her brother.
Alford jumped out of the moving cab, hurting her leg. She limped over and sat down on Guerrero’s front stoop, prompting the victim to come out of his house to see if she was alright.
Court papers show that, as Guerrero was asking Alford if she was hurt, Major jumped out of the cab, pummeled Guerrero to the ground and kicked him repeatedly.
And, while Alford’s mother told prosecutors that her daughter “would not put a foot on anybody,” and that she was trying to help Guerrero, prosecutors apparently did not believe the couple’s statement that Guerrero hit him first and told him to “mind your own business.”
Meanwhile, Ruiz was praised as a hero Sunday by his colleagues at the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, who awarded him with a $500 check and a bullet proof vest for helping cops nab the killers.
“A lot of drivers don’t like to get involved, but I don’t mind being involved,” said Ruiz. “If more drivers would get involved the streets might be a little safer.”
Guerrero was transported to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Major’s lengthy criminal record boasts 26 prior arrests dating back to 1990, including multiple busts for robbery, marijuana possession and assault, sources said.
He also did two stints in jail for robbery, attempted robbery and grand larceny, records show.
Alford has four prior arrests, including robbery and gang assault, sources added.