March 6, 2016 Staff Report
The police are searching for a man who allegedly stabbed two Astoria residents—including one fatally–and set a homeless man on fire Sunday.
James Dillon, 23, allegedly slashed a 39-year-old woman in the head and face at about 11:30 am in the vicinity of 25-69 36th Street, police said.
Dillon then went on to stab a 55-year-old man to death at 38-18 Astoria Boulevard and set a 61-year-old homeless man on fire nearby, police said.
EMS took the woman to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition.
Meanwhile, the 55 year old victim was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The 61-year-old man was sent to Cornell in critical condition
The police had a helicopter flying over the area Sunday afternoon and by 6 pm they had surrounded an apartment building near Astoria Boulevard where Dillon was believed to be located.