Landlord Is Pushed Down Stairs While Collecting Money, Dies From Injuries

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An elderly landlord trying to collect $200 from his tenant died after allegedly being shoved down a flight of steps.

Edgar Moncayo, 71, was trying to collect rent on Sunday, January 12, at his building in Corona, Queens, New York, when 22-year-old tenant Alex Garces allegedly pushed him down the front stairs, police have said.

The incident was caught on surveillance footage outside the building, and captures the moment the landlord was caught off guard when the front door to the building was pulled open and he was apparently violently pushed.

The footage appears to show 71-year-old Edgar talking on his mobile phone on the steps of his property on 102nd Street, at approximately 3pm, when the door of the building suddenly jerks open.

A brief scuffle between Edgar and his tenant, identified by sources as 22-year-old Garces, then ensues before the landlord is seemingly pushed down the red-brick staircase, as per the video, which was obtained by CBS New York.

The footage then shows Edgar falling down the eight-stair flight before hitting the pavement below, where he lays motionless after his head hits the ground.

Edgar’s grandson, 20-year-old Nicolas Jativa, told the New York Post his granddad was pronounced dead at 12:30pm on Monday, January 13, after being on life support with head trauma at NYC Health + Hospitals.

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