Thursday, February 12, 2009
Did Joe Milano Move Back to New York?
Pieces of the Ex Mr. Carabajo-Jara
New York Feb 12, 2009 AP
Police have identified the man who was dragged under a car for nearly 20 miles yesterday from Queens to Brooklyn.
Police say Guido Salvador Carabajo-Jara was hit at 108th Street and 51st Avenue in Corona about 6 a.m. The driver stopped to report the incident, but at the same time the victim was hit again, this time by a van that dragged him away. At the time, the driver of the first vehicle to hit Mr. Carabajo mistook the van for a NYC Sanitation Department vehicle which he believed was hauling Mr. Carabajo's corpse away for disposal.
The driver of the van, with Mr. Carabajo in tow, then traveled about 20 miles on the Grand Central Parkway, the Van Wyck Expressway and the Belt Parkway -- ending up at Brighton Beach.
"He did stop once during his trip, he reported, but he didn't see anything unusual," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. "And he got back in the car, and again people are signaling him to stop the vehicle. He stops his vehicle and that's when the body is discovered under his car."
Mr. Carabajo-Jara died somewhere along the 20 mile route and was unable to make a statement. Police indicated the contents of his stomach would be examined by the coroner for any traces of calzones.
In a bizarre twist to a twisted story, a rookie police officer dispatched to the scene was arrested for attempting to solicit a bribe from the torso of the victim. His supervising sergeant discovered the officer trying to talk to the torso and asking for money. "He seemed surprised, almost out of it, when I told him the victim was dead," said Sergeant Blausky.
Soliciting a bribe from a corpse is a felony under the New York penal code and the rookie officer could face up to 10 years in prison. A spokesperson for the Greater New York Police Officers Association, said in a phone interview that the rookie officer would probably only get a one day suspension with pay. "He's young and inexperienced. He'll learn how to work the system in time and double his regular salary," according to the spokesperson.
Meanwhile, police in Florida were investigating the whereabouts of Mr. Milano at the time of the incident. "If he's in Queens at the time, and the autopsy shows calzones in the victim's stomach, I think we've got a case," said a NYC detective, on condition of not being taken seriously.
No charges have been filed against either driver.