Suffolk homicide detectives combed the area around a Huntington Station restaurant Sunday where police said a 38-year-old man was stabbed to death Saturday night.
Officers responding to a 911 call shortly before 9:40 p.m. arrived at Melissa Restaurant at 1419 New York Ave, police said. They found Luis Ramos-Rodriguez, of Huntington Station, lying on the ground behind the establishment with a stab wound, police said.
Ramos-Rodriguez was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Suffolk detectives returned to the area near the restaurant Sunday to question possible witnesses and look for any additional clues, police said.
Workers and shop owners on this business strip of New York Avenue didn't know much Sunday about what led to the stabbing but many said they weren't surprised.
Violence and other criminal activity is not unusual in that section of Huntington Station, said several store owners who asked not to be identified out of concerns for their safety.
The restaurant, which has a sign out front billing itself as a "SPORT BAR AND GRILL," sits on the northwest corner of the intersection of New York Avenue and Pulaski Road. Directly across New York Avenue sits a funeral home, while a deli that specializes in Central American products is across Pulaski Road and a Roman Catholic church and grade school are on the opposite corner.
"There's a lot of drinking around here and a lot of fighting," said the owner of a nearby deli.
He said Ramos-Rodriguez was a regular customer with the nickname "El Muneco," "but I don't know why." The name means "the doll" in English.
Ramos-Rodriguez was originally from Honduras, the store owner said.
"He was a nice guy" he said, adding that Ramos-Rodriguez worked as a day laborer. "He was working as a landscaper, he wasn't married, and he lived somewhere around here."
Another area store owner said he was not surprised when he heard about the fatal stabbing.
"So many times things happen like this," he said. "not someone being killed but fighting.
Police are continuing their investigation and ask anyone with information to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392 or Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.
With Jennifer Barrios and Candice Ruud