JAMAICA, Queens (PIX11) – A Queens man has been arrested for allegedly beating to death a pawn shop owner with a metal rod, the NYPD announced Wednesday.
Rondolfo Lopez-Portillo, 47, is charged with murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of 60-year-old Arasb Shoughi on March 28.
Lopez-Portillo was allegedly caught on surveillance video beating Shoughi with a metal rod inside Global Pawn Shop in Jamaica at 178-22 Jamaica Avenue. Shoughi suffered severe head trauma and died from his injuries a few weeks later on April 17.
The attack happened during a robbery, police said. Lopez-Portillo allegedly stole a ring and necklace from Shoughi and then took his cell phone and other items from the store before fleeing the scene, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
Lopez-Portillo was caught by police in Maryland on May 5 and extradited to New York on Wednesday. Lopez-Portillo faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.