Posted On:6/14/2004 10:25am
Collar Queens teen in sword attack on 19-year-old 'friend'
By RICHARD WEIR and GREG GITTRICH
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS
Body of Ricardo Richardson, 19, is removed from home in Maspeth, Queens, after Richardson was hacked to death yesterday by samurai sword.
A teenager used a samurai sword to hack a 19-year-old man to death yesterday inside a Queens apartment, a law enforcement source said.
Michael Desiderio, 18, allegedly chopped apart his supposed friend Ricardo Richardson about 10 a.m., slicing his neck and severely cutting into his arm, the source said.
The victim was hacked in the back of his head and on the right hand, right side of his face and the back of his neck, a law enforcement source said.
"There's blood everywhere," said Steven Wisnowski, 21, who lives in the Maspeth Ave. house where Richardson was slain. "There's blood on the walls. There's blood on the floor. There's blood on the ceiling."
Shortly after Richardson's body was found, cops swarmed a house about a mile away from the scene of the killing and arrested Desiderio.
A neighbor, who did not want his name used, described Desiderio as a slightly built boy who wears glasses and lives with his grandfather on 66th St., in Maspeth.
"The kid is a bad egg," the man said.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the explosion of violence, but cops questioned several young men and women, including Wisnowski and his girlfriend, after the slaying.
Neighbors complained that the two-story house has become a crash pad for a rowdy group of teens in recent months.
A few of them were hanging out and listening to music inside the home just hours before the killing, neighbors said.
Authorities said Richardson had been staying in the apartment where he was murdered.
But Wisnowski's younger brother Chris Wisnowski, 17, whose family owns the house, denied that Richardson was a tenant.
Wisnowski said Richardson moved to New York from Trinidad a few months ago and hung out with other teens at the house - including the alleged killer.
Wisnowski claimed the two young men had been "good friends."
"He was a good kid," Wisnowski said of Richardson. "He showed respect. He didn't look for trouble." Desiderio was waiting to be arraigned last night on charges of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Posted On:6/15/2004 12:54am
With friends like that who needs enemies?
Posted On:6/15/2004 4:55am
Yep, Katanas are deadly.
"You realise the transformations give a man enough strength to destroy a truck with his bare hands!?
YOU HAVE BETRAYED ME, IN THE WORST POSSIBLE MANNER!!" - KiWarrior
"Sport ? That kind of thing's not my bag baby!" - Sammy Franco
"This system was developed with the help of notible BJJ fighter Ribbon Muchado." - "Sifu" Anthony Iglesias
Posted On:6/15/2004 5:56am
Style: Boxing, Wrestling, karate
This is very sad.
Posted On:6/15/2004 6:16am
Style: MuayThai,Igo Ryu Jiujitsu
Posted On:6/16/2004 9:25am
Very sad indeed
Posted On:6/17/2004 11:29am
Imagine being the person to die by a sword, in this day and age of: guns, cancer, auto wrecks, bombs, nukes and various other ways to die. YOU get killed by a sword, from your friend.....that sucks.
Posted On:6/17/2004 4:41pm
Style: Tae Kwon Do/MT
What an asshole. And who the hell has a Katana that is sharpened.
Posted On:6/17/2004 5:23pm
Well, in sweden some lunatic almost cut two old ladies to death with a katana in an elevator or something...
Posted On:6/18/2004 5:39am
In London a guy chopped up a few people in a Church (and I think he was naked when he did it). He was a mentalist...
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