BROOKLYN, NY – A car service driver has been apprehended by the New York Police Department (NYPD) in connection with a brutal assault that left one man dead and his cousin severely injured in Brooklyn last week.
The suspect, identified as 33-year-old Sergio Zamora-Mendoza, is facing charges of manslaughter and assault for the incident that occurred on Dec. 7. Zamora-Mendoza, a resident of 51st Street in Brooklyn, was driving the victims, Carlos Guaman, 66, and his 52-year-old cousin, when the incident took place around 4:40 a.m. on West 9th Street near Avenue T in Gravesend.
The situation escalated into violence following a disagreement between Zamora-Mendoza and the cousins. The driver reportedly exited the vehicle and assaulted the pair, striking them multiple times in the head before fleeing the scene.
Upon arrival, the police found the cousins unconscious, suffering from severe head injuries. Both victims were immediately transported to Maimonides Medical Center. Guaman was later pronounced dead at the hospital, while his cousin remains in critical but stable condition.
The motive behind the altercation remains unclear. The surviving cousin, still heavily intoxicated following the incident, has been unable to provide investigators with details of the event. The incident was captured by a doorbell camera, according to reports.
The neighborhood’s residents expressed shock at the violent incident, stating such events are rare in their community. One local resident, living in the area for nearly nine years, described the neighborhood as typically quiet and peaceful.