The deadbeat Queens tenant caught on video shoving his landlord down a flight of stairs to his death is now charged with manslaughter.
Alex Garces, 22, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection to the deadly run-in with his landlord, Edgar Moncayo, according to police.
Moncayo, 71, was trying to collect back rent from Garces at his building on 102nd Street in Corona around 3 p.m. Sunday when Garces shoved him down the stoop, cops allege.
Garces initially told cops that he had accidentally knocked Moncayo down the stairs while trying to carry a mattress out of the building, according to police sources — but a camera installed in the doorbell told a different story.
The troubling footage shows Moncayo using one hand to hold his cell phone to his ear and pushing the other against the door, when the door is pushed open from the inside, sending the septuagenarian flying down the stairs to the sidewalk below.
With Moncayo splayed out motionless on the concrete, two men — one of them identified by authorities as Garces — leave the home and head down the stairs.
One stopped briefly to put a hand to Moncayo’s face, then flung both hands to his head in disbelief, as the other man walks out of frame.
Moncayo was placed on life support with severe head trauma, but succumbed to his injuries on Monday at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst.
“I didn’t believe it until I saw the video for myself, and it’s horrible,” Nicolas Jativa, Moncayo’s distraught grandson, previously told The Post. “It was all about rent, rent money that this guy didn’t want to pay.”
Garces was arrested hours after Moncayo’s death on charges of manslaughter, but public court records indicate that he was additionally charged with felony assault.
His bail was set at $50,000 bond or $25,000 cash during his Tuesday arraignment in Queens Criminal Court.
Garces, due back in court on Friday, faces up to 25 years in prison.
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