Jan. 13, 2015 By Michael Florio
An Astoria man was beaten to death yesterday by his 18-year-old roommate in an upscale Astoria apartment complex.
Jesse Smith, 29, suffered severe head trauma after his roommate, Quentin Capobianco, beat him in the head with a hammer inside their Exo Astoria apartment, located at 26-38 21st Street, according to police.
Police responded to a call on Monday night, at roughly 5:30 pm, and found Jesse Smith, 29, on the couch with severe head injuries.
EMS transported the Smith to Elmhurst Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Capobianco has been arrested and is being charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the forth degree.
Investigators believe the roommates may have been arguing about money, an NYPD spokesman said.
The Exo is an upscale apartment complex where one-bedroom apartments rent for about $2,750.