Port Chester Man Indicted In Murder On Poningo Street

Julio Cortez charged in stabbing death of 23-year-old Carlos Guirachocha of Port Chester.

A Port Chester man has been indicted in the stabbing death of another Port Chester man in the village after an argument on Poningo Street in February.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Julio Cortez, 53, of 66 Poningo St., Port Chester, was arraigned today on a three count indictment charging him with:

  • one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class “A-1” Violent Felony,
  • one count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a class “B” Violent Felony,
  • one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor

He is accused of killing 23-year-old on Feb. 7. Cortez was arrested on Feb. 15 and is being held in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla.

The charges stem from an early-morning incident on Feb. 7. At about 3:55 a.m. Port Chester police received a 911 call for a probel in the area of 125 and 131 Poningo St.

When the patrol officer arrived, he discovered the body of Guirachocha, lying face down on the steps to the entrance of 131 Poningo St..

When the officer turned the man over, he saw blood and a stab wound in the area of the heart. Emergency medical personnel were contacted and the victim was later pronounced dead.

In their investigation, police located a large kitchen knife nearby and recovered surveillance video from the two buildings. Detectives discovered that the two men had argued prior to the stabbing. Police believe that Guirachocha had hit Cortez in a previous incident and Cortez was looking to get even with the younger man on the night of the slaying.

Cortez, who police said is a day laborer, is due back in Westchester County Court on May 8. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Assistant District Attorney Kristina Dushaj of the Major Case Bureau is prosecuting the case.


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