Angel Quinonez, 30, charged with the June 30 bludgeoning murders of an elderly couple in their LaGuardia Houses apartment, surrendered on Independence Day to detectives at the Seventh Precinct.
Quinonez, a resident of the Lower East Sides Vladeck Houses who had served time for robbery, is charged with the first degree murders of Cecelia Ruiz, 60, and her husband, Carlos Ruiz, 70, whose bodies were found in their apartment at 280 Madison St. by Cecelia Ruizs daughter, Maritza Valpais, the suspects girlfriend.
Valpais had received a phone call on the night before the murder from her mother who told her that Quinonez was at the elderly couples apartment and was planning to stay the night, according to police. Valpais found the bodies of the couple when she went to their apartment the next morning.
The couple was reportedly beaten about the head and then choked, according to police reports. They would have celebrated their second wedding anniversary on July 4.
Quinonez failed to show up at his job as a janitor at the Henry St. Settlement and had not been seen until he walked into the Seventh Precinct in the company of his lawyer. He was arraigned on July 5 and is being held pending a July 10 court appearance.
Jason Sylk Itzler, 38, arrested in the Village in January 2005 and charged in connection with a call girl operation at 79 Worth St., entered a plea bargain on June 29 to money laundering and attempted promotion of prostitution.
He is to be sentenced July 13 to 16 months to three years to run concurrently with a sentence in Hudson Co., N.J. on charges of running a brothel in Hoboken.
The call girl racket was conducted from the office of New York Confidential, an escort service on Worth St. where prostitutes were sent to various hotels, including the W Hotel near Union Sq., for high-paying clients.
Also arrested with Itzler was Hulbert Waldroup, 38, of 18 Thompson St. Waldroups next court date is Sept. 7.
Construction site fracas
An argument between two workers on the subway construction site at Battery Pl. at 9:30 a.m. Tues. June 27 ended when one of the men picked up a hammer and hit his adversary in the face, police said. The suspect, Clement Edmondson, 48, was arrested later and charged with second degree assault.
A resident of 80 N. Moore St. in Independence Plaza told police that her boyfriend hit her on the head with an umbrella in front of the building at about 7 p.m. Mon. June 26. The suspect, Renando Torres, 27, fled but was later charged with second degree assault.
A resident of Independence Plaza North returned from work at 12:30 a.m. Wed. June 28 to find her door wide open and her apartment ransacked, police said. Stolen were the victims passport, birth certificate, two handbags, two rare coins and a Bulgari jewelry box with jewelry valued at $9,000.