Thursday, February 12, 2009

Man Killed During Ridgewood Dispute


By Conor Greene

Police are searching a suspect wanted for fatally beating a 62-year-old man who was found dead inside his Ridgewood apartment on Tuesday afternoon.

Officers responded to a report of a loud dispute in the first-floor apartment at 20-31 Greene Avenue in Ridgewood at 2:15 p.m. and found homeowner Roasrio Prestigiacomo lying in a pool of blood in the hallway.

Prestigiacomo, who was pronounced dead at the scene, was described as a good neighbor by a local store owner. A witness reported seeing a white male, about 30 years old with a blue sweatshirt, blue jeans and construction boot fleeing from the house, which is near Grandview Avenue.

As the investigation continued on Wednesday, police were unable to confirm reports that the suspect had rented an apartment from Prestigiacomo, as has been reported. While early reports also indicated the victim was stabbed, a shovel was found lying next to him and is believed to be the murder weapon.

Officers responding to the scene were forced to enter the house through a front window because the doors were locked, according to police. A search of the neighborhood was conducted involving aviation and canine units, but the suspect was not located.

Sam Shaheim, who owns a deli on the corner of Greene and Grandview avenues, said he saw Prestigiacomo around the neighborhood from time to time. “Very nice person. And very quiet. He never made any trouble
or anything in this area,” he said.

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