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Man arrested in fatal Queens brawl, another suspect on the loose

Posted at 10:20 AM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-09 12:12:55-05
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The men were fighting at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and 54th Street. (Google Maps)

WOODSIDE, Queens — A man has been arrested for cutting a man in a Queens fight, causing his death. Another suspect in the brawl is still on the loose.

On Saturday at 1:45 a.m., police responded to reports that men were fighting at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and 54th Street.

Police say they were unsure of the motive behind the attack. However, video obtained by NBC4 shows the suspects yelling racial and xenophobic comments and beating the victim, a shop owner.

They found Martin Quiej, 34, of Woodside, lying on the ground with a “severe laceration” to his head, police said.

An eyewitness gave a description of the suspect, leading police to arrest Victor Mendoza, 21, of Woodside a block away from the scene of the fight.

He was charged with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and aggravated harassment.

A second suspect, a Hispanic man wearing blue jeans, black shoes and gray jacket fled the scene.

EMS took Quiej to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. On Tuesday, he died from injuries.