A two-against-three knife fight turned fatal early Sunday morning.
Police responded to the alleged gang confrontation outside ofManila Bar and Restaurant at104-21 Roosevelt Ave. in Corona at about 4:30 a.m. The first victim, 20, who had two stab wounds to the chest, died at Elmhurst Hospital. The second victim, 23, was stabbed in the chest and the back. He is listed in stable condition.
Three men were arrested. Jesus Astimbay, 27, was charged with manslaughter, gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The two other men, Juan Guanaquesa, 26, and John Espinoza, 17, were not charged with manslaughter, but were arrested on the other three charges.
“We have to clean up Rosevelt Avenue. There is a criminal element that has seeped through the avenue,” Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) said.
Moya introduced a bill that passed in the Assembly, but is waiting in the state Senate, that could curb illegal operations at bars by getting more community input before the State Liquor Authority issues a license. The assemblyman also wants to put together a Roosevelt Avenue task force.