2017-11-29 / Front Page

Cops Arrest Gunman In ‘16 Woodside Murder

By Liz Goff

Police last week tracked down and arrested a man wanted in the 2016 gang-related shooting death of a 31-year-old Woodside man.

Miguel Valencia, 25, was charged with murder and weapons possession in connection to the brutal slaying of Miguel Angel Ramirez Tercero, who was shot two times in the head and two times in the torso during an argument outside a house at 67-26 47th Avenue in Woodside on April 9, 2016.

An eyewitness told police he saw five men arguing with a second group of men outside the house at about 3:30 a.m., a police source said. The argument turned deadly when one of the men opened fire, striking Teroero, the source said.

The eyewitness told police Teroero collapsed to the ground as his friends ran from the scene. The witness tried to help Teroero, and was administering CPR to the dying man when paramedics arrived at the scene, the source said.

Teroero was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead a short while later.

Investigators canvassed the area for surveillance footage and searched a restaurant on Queens Boulevard and 69th Street, where they believed the argument started.

Investigators quickly identified Valencia as the shooter and released a Wanted poster with his photo, hoping someone would recognize him and call police with his whereabouts.

Valencia managed to evade capture until November 28, when police arrested him in the gang-related slaying. He was charged with murder and gun possession at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court on November 29, where he was held without bail.

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