2015-03-11 / Features

Queens Man Charged In Fatal Stabbing

BY LIZ GOFF

Police last week arrested a 22-year-old Queens man in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 25-year-old Jackson Heights man on December 19.

William Avilla was arrested on March 6 following a two-week manhunt and was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing death of  Steven Shimabuira, who was returning home to his basement apartment on 90th Street in Jackson Heights at about 9:15 p.m. on December 19 when Avila approached and jammed a knife in his chest.

Shimabuira managed to make it into the apartment he shared with his girlfriend, who called 911 for help, police said. He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he died a short while later.

Police did not offer a motive for the brutal attack that took the life of the 25-year-old father or a three-year-old girl, just days before Chrisrtmas.gg

Avilla was arraigned on the charges at Queens Criminal Court, where he was held without bail.

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