Authorities have arrested a man in the case of a Queens pawnshop owner who died weeks after a beating so savage that cops initially thought he had been shot in the head.
Rondolfo Lopez-Portillo, a 48-year-old man from Queens, faces murder, robbery and criminal possession of weapons charges in the March 28 attack on Arasb Shougi at the 60-year-old man’s Global Pawn store on Jamaica Avenue.
The suspect, whose address is on the same street, was arrested on Wednesday in the case. Attorney information for him was not immediately clear.
According to information previously released by the NYPD, the suspect, now identified as Lopez-Portillo, entered the neighborhood shortly before 1 pm on that day in March and hit Shoughi in the head, repeatedly, with a unknown object.
It’s unclear what he allegedly stole from the store before fleeing.
A fellow business owner was the one who found Soughi in a pool of blood.
“(I) ran there, I saw it there and then I tried to get something to stop the bleeding,” the other owner, who did not want to be identified, said at the time.
Many neighbors and customers stopped by the business to share their shock and grief after the news of Soughi’s attack.
“I am very hurt because he always took care of me. I don’t know about the others, but me personally. I just want to give him my prayers,” said Hasan Campbell.
He died a few weeks later, on April 17.