2016-03-16 / Front Page

Woodside Pipe Bash Victim Dies

By Liz Goff
A 34-year-old Queens man who was viciously beaten with a pipe by two men in Woodside on March 5 has died of his injuries, police said.

Cops said Martin Quiej intervened when two men were beating a man outside his home on 54th Street near Roosevelt Avenue on March 5.

The suspects suddenly turned on Quiej and bashed the married father of two in the head and body with the pipe before running from the scene, police said.

Quiej was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he died on March 10.

Police recovered the pipe at the scene and arrested one of the suspects shortly after the beating.

Victor Mendoza, 21, who lives just down the block from the victim’s home, was charged with attempted murder, assault and weapons possession at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court. Queens prosecutors will likely increase the charges to include murder, a law enforcement source said.

Quiej, who came to the U.S. 15 years ago from Guatemala, was the owner of Tauro Party Supplies in Woodside. He is survived by his wife, Guadalupe Serrano, a 9-yearold son and 4-year-old daughter, family members said.

Police are searching for the second suspect and are urging anyone with information to call the CrimeStoppers HOTLINE at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

The HOTLINE is offering a reward of up to $2,500 to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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