A man was found dead lying partly in a Huntington Station street Sunday morning and police are investigating whether he may have been involved in a physical altercation before his death, police said.
William Sarcenolima, 33, of Huntington Station, was found by Second Precinct officers on West Hills Road between 7th Avenue and 8th Avenue about 4 a.m. in response to a 911 call reporting a fight a couple of blocks away, police said.
Sarcenolima was taken by Huntington Community First Aid Squad to Huntington Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“We’re looking into whether he was in a fight before him being discovered,” said Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Homicide Squad.
Beyrer declined to discuss Sarcenolima’s injuries — visible or internal — saying police were “holding back” the information as part of their investigation.
The body was taken to the Suffolk County medical examiner’s office for an autopsy as part of the ongoing probe.
Beyrer said police believe Sarcenolima, whose body was partially in the street and on someone’s front lawn, was only there for a “few minutes.”
“There was no one other than him at the scene, which was a block or two from the [reported] fight,” said Beyrer.
Sarcenolima has no criminal record, he said.
“At this point, it does not appear he had any gang affiliation,” said Beyrer.
Sarcenolima’s family members could not be reached for comment yesterday. Beyrer said police notified Sarcenolima’s brother, also a Huntington Station resident, of his death.
Anyone with information is asked to call homicide squad detectives at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 800-220-TIPS.