Crime Killer Tripped Up by His Own Baggy Pants
(Dec. 18) — A career criminal
massacred three members of a family in
their apartment but fell to his death when
he tripped over his own baggy pants.
The massacre occurred Thursday afternoon
near a string of upscale shops on
Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Police said
the attack apparently stemmed from
botched drug ripoff.
“There is a significant amount of heroin
found in the apartment,” Police Commissioner
Raymond Kelly told the Daily News.
David Karp, AP
Workers from the medical examiner’s office
carry the body of a murder suspect who
fell to his death from an apartment building
Police said Hector Quinones, 44, shot
and killed Carlos Rodriguez Sr., 52, and his
24-year-old son, Carlos Rodriguez Jr., then
stabbed to death the younger Rodriguez’s
grandfather, Fernando Gonzalez, 87, according
to reports in the Daily News and
the New York Post.
The elder Rodriguez’s wife, Gisela Rodriguez,
49, and her daughter, Leyanis, 28,
walked in on the carnage. Quinones heard
keys in the lock and opened the door for the
women, police said.
He shot the mother, who was grazed on
the head by a bullet but managed to run
from the apartment. The killer was just
about the grab the daughter when his lowslung
pants fell down and he tripped, the
Post said. That gave the young woman the
chance to run into a back room, where she
found the bodies of her brother and father.
Quinones yanked up his pants and
scrambled after Leyanis Rodriguez, who
climbed onto a fire escape, screaming for
help to construction workers on the roof of
a nearby building, the Post said. The attacker
followed her onto the fire escape, but
once again his drooping pants fell and he
tripped, plunging three stories to his death.
Estella Carrino, who manages a streetlevel
bicycle store in the building, said she
heard the body hit the ground.
“He had no jacket on and his pants were
down. He was very dead,” she told the Daily
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