for fatal stabbing of a patron
County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Francisco Javier Vasquez (DOB
Vasquez is charged with:
· one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,
· one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
· one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
Ortiz is charged with:
· one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.
· one count of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a Class “E” Felony,
The argument involved a patron, 45 year old Rodney Jackson, who had stopped in to buy a soda on his way home as the rest of the group he was with continued walking down the street.
told Yonkers Police that Jackson and Ortiz argued and
Ortiz allegedly picked up a metal baseball bat that he kept behind the counter and walked towards Jackson, who had left the store again, striking the victim then falling to the sidewalk himself.
who had been walking with
Vasquez left the scene and returned home while Ortiz remained at the bodega and was questioned by police who began an investigation.
Surveillance video from several stores nearby assisted police as well as information from several eyewitnesses.
were arrested on
next court appearance is on
Vasquez faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison on the top count of the indictment.
Ortiz faces a maximum of 7 years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Strongin of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.
Kervin Ortiz Francisco Vasquez
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merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed
innocent until and unless proven guilty.