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22-Year-Old Charged with Manslaughter in North Corona Tenant-Landlord Dispute

Moncayo’s home at 32-42 102nd St. where he was fatally shoved Sunday (Google Maps)

Jan. 14, 2020 By Allie Griffin

A 22-year-old man was charged with two counts of manslaughter Monday for the death of a 71-year-old North Corona resident, police announced Tuesday.

On Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2:35 p.m., police responded to a 911 call and found Edgar Moncayo, unconscious and unresponsive with head trauma, lying on the pavement in front of his home at 32-42 102nd St., police said.

EMS rushed Moncayo to NYC Health & Hospitals/Elmhurst in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead the following day, Monday. Jan. 13.

Police arrested 22-year-old Alex Garces the same day at 3 p.m. and charged him with two counts of manslaughter.

Garces was a tenant in Moncayo’s North Corona home and owed Moncayo $200 in past-due rent.

The deadly encounter between the two was caught by a doorbell video camera and the footage was obtained by the New York Post.

In the footage, Moncayo is standing in front of the front door, attempting to get inside — atop of its front steps. He is on the phone speaking with his wife, when the door is forced open.

In Spanish, Moncayo yells “Call the police” into the phone, according to the video footage.

Seconds later, Garces leans out and shoves the 71-year-old, sending him flying down eight steps, where he lands on the sidewalk below and smashes the back of his head onto the pavement.

Moncayo lies there on his back, as Garces and another man exit the building. Garces walks past Moncayo’s motionless body, as the other man bends down to check on him. He lifts off his hat and paces back in forth in a anxious manner, the footage shows.

Moncayo had lived at the Corona home for more than 25 years and has three adult daughters and seven grandchildren, his grandson told the Daily News. He worked two jobs parking cars seven days a week to make ends meet, the paper reported.

“He was a great man,” his grandson Andy Jatvia told the Daily News. “We were all in the hospital showing him the love and respect he deserved.”

Garces, who stayed at the scene until police arrived, originally told police Moncayo fell accidentally while helping him move out, according to the Post.

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Stop renting to undesirables and Corona an Elmhurst will not the decent into crime riddled dangerous neighborhoods. Turn in illegally sub divided apartments and houses to code enforcement. Stop the madness before the next victim is you or somebody you love.


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