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Man Arrested, Arraigned in Port Chester Stabbing

This story has been updated to include further information from Port Chester Police and Village Trustee Luis Marino.

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – A 53-year-old Port Chester man faces second degree murder charges for the stabbing death of Carlos Guiarcocha, 23, that occurred Feb. 7 on Poningo Street.

Police said Julio Cortez was arrested at around 11:50 a.m. Wednesday inside his home at 66 Poningo St. in Port Chester, less than one block from where Guiarocha was slain.

At approximately 3:55 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, police said officers responded to a call of a man lying on the sidewalk of Poningo Street. When police arrived they discovered the victim had a single stab wound to the chest. He died at the scene.

Police said they believe the victim was intoxicated at the time of the altercation.

Cortez, who is in custody in the village's lockup, has been charged with second-degree murder and was arraigned at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday. Port Chester Judge Peter Sisca set a preliminary hearing for Feb. 21 at 9 a.m. inside the Village Court Room located at 350 North Main Street in Port Chester.

Village Trustee Luis Marino said he has been in contact with the family and that although it will not bring their son back, they have taken solace in knowing a suspect is in custody.

Port Chester Chief of Police Joseph Krzeminski anticipates that Cortez will be transferred to the county jail.

Police stated in a release that the investigation is ongoing and they are looking into the role alcohol may have played.  Anyone with knowledge of the incident is asked to contact the Port Chester Police Department at (914) 939-8419. Police said all calls will be kept confidential.

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