Oct. 19, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Christian Walczyk, twenty-one years old of Lagrangeville, New York was arraigned on an indictment before Judge Anne Minihan and charged with:

  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree, a class “E” Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree,  class “A” Misdemeanor

relating to the death of Daniel Sino.

On May 27, 2017, at approximately 10:25 p.m., the victim and his wife were driving southbound on the Taconic State Parkway in their Acura SUV when they encountered the defendant who was also headed southbound in his BMW sedan. At some point, the defendant’s vehicle pulled in front of the victim’s and braked suddenly, forcing the victim to brake hard as well. The victim tried to pass, but the defendant did not allow it.

The victim, while still on the Taconic State Parkway, pulled over to the right shoulder just before the Briarcliff Manor Exit. The defendant also pulled over just in front of the victim’s car. Both the victim and the defendant exited their vehicles. The victim walked towards the defendant’s car. The defendant exited his vehicle. He was holding up a fake badge while concealing a folding knife behind his back.

When the two were face to face, the defendant stabbed the victim twice in the chest. In the course of the attack, the defendant accidentally sliced his own right index finger on the blade.

The victim got back to his vehicle and told his wife he had been stabbed. She helped him into the passenger seat, drove off and called 911. The victim died further down the highway where the wife eventually pulled over.

The defendant drove off and himself called 911 claiming he had been a victim of a stabbing. He was located and transported to the hospital where he received treatment for his finger. A folding knife was later recovered at the scene of the stabbing. The defendant was then taken to the State Police barracks in Hawthorne where he was subsequently placed under arrest.

The defendant pled not guilty.

His remand continues.

His next court date is Nov. 2, 2017.

The defendant faces twenty-five years in state prison.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicholas DiCostanzo of the Superior Court Trial Division.

 

Christian Walczyk

Christian Walczyk

 

In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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