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UPDATE: Port Chester Man Charged With Murder In Stabbing Case

Julio Cortez of Port Chester faces a second-degree murder charge.

A Port Chester man faces murder charges after his arrest in the stabbing death of a village man earlier this month, according to police.

Julio Cortez, 53, was charged with second-degree murder. He's currently in lock-up at police headquarters, and is scheduled for arraignment tody at 4 p.m. in village court.

Cortez is accused of 23-year-old Carlos Guiracocha in the early morning hours of Feb. 7. Police found Guiracocha in front of 131 Poningo St. a few minutes before 4 a.m., and paramedics who arrived a short time later declared Guiracocha dead at the scene. 

Cortez lives at 66 Poningo St., less than 200 feet from the murder scene.

Police recovered a knife, which they believe was the murder weapon. Cortez and Guiracocha may have been drinking together before an argument that turned fatal, according to police.

It's not clear what sparked the argument, but a despondent Guiracocha before his death, telling them he was in danger. In the days following the murder, and again today after the arrest, police stressed that it "does not appear to be a random act of violence."

Trustee Luis Marino, who has been in contact with Guiracocha's family and attended wake and funeral services in his memory, said Wednesday he was relieved when he found out police had made an arrest. He praised Port Chester detectives for following leads and tracking down Guiracocha's alleged killer; family members, he said, are grateful for possible closure.

Detectives believe there are witnesses who may have additional information about the argument and stabbing the night of Feb. 7. Anyone with information can call the Port Chester Police Department at 914-939-8419. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Interested Reader February 16, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Great job, I think this highlights many of the issues facing our emergency service groups. They have major issues to deal with while minor issues have no choice but to take a back seat.
Oscar Delannoya February 16, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Now lets see them solve the other 2 murders in PC within the past year
Liz Mogrovejo February 18, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Port Chester Police, me siento sumamente orgullosa de ser parte de esta comunidad y de tener policias, Detectives como ustedes muy inteligentes, realizaron un trabajo muy eficaz, Felicitaciones a cada uno de los que participaron en el arresto de esta persona, espero Port Chester vuelva a tener gente pacifica, y vivir con tranquilidad... gracias Port Chester Police and detectives !!!
Oscar Delannoya February 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I want to see you sing that tune when you get pulled over with your North Carolina license and no insurance .
Juan February 20, 2012 at 08:23 AM
He looks like the guy who does the coffee commercials. Juan Carlos from Columbia

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