February 3, 1999
TWO CORONA MEN FOUND GUILTY OF RAZOR BLADE SLASHING OF TWO VICTIMS ON "N" LINE SUBWAY PLATFORM IN ASTORIA
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today the conviction of two Corona residents for the razor blade disfigurement of two males whom they slashed on the "N" line subway platform at 31st Street and Broadway.
District Attorney Brown identified the defendants as Ricardo Munquia, 18, of 50-12 102nd Street, Corona and Raymond Morillo, 18, of 38-10 108th Street, Corona. They were both found guilty after a two week jury trial of assault with intent to disfigure in the first degree. They will be sentenced on March 5 by Supreme Court Justice Jamie A. Rios; each faces up to 25 years in prison. Munquia, who was out on $15,000 bail, fled the courtroom thirty minutes before the jury reached its verdict and is still at large.
According to District Attorney Brown, the defendants followed the two male victims onto the platform of the N train on January 14, 1998 at approximately 4:00 p.m. after one of the victims had an altercation with the younger brother of defendant Munquia. The victims were waiting for the subway with two females and another male when the two defendants approached the victims from behind, took out razor blades and slashed both of them from the bottom of the ear, across their cheeks and to the lip. Both men are permanently disfigured. The defendants then fled the scene with Morillo allegedly shouting "La Familia" the name of a prominent Latin street gang. They were later caught by police and identified by the victims.
Assistant District Attorney Barry Pinto of the Queens District Attorney's Anti-Bias/Youth Gang Bureau under the supervision of Bureau Chief Mariela P. Stanton and the overall supervision of James Clark Quinn, Executive Assistant District Attorney prosecuted the case.