Man strangled to death on Christmas morning in Staten Island love triangle

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Man strangled to death on Christmas morning in Staten Island love triangle
Naveen Dhaliwal has the latest developments from New Dorp.

NEW DORP, Staten Island (WABC) -- It was a Christmas tragedy on Staten Island where a love triangle took a deadly turn.

A man was found dead in the hallway of an apartment building on Clove Road in New Dorp. The suspect is under arrest and facing serious charges.

Investigators say it turns out the two men involved were involved with the same woman and one came to confront the other.

Neighbors were woken up just after 7 a.m. to chaos. Rafael Ramos, 36, came to confront Emmanuel Diaz, who lives in the building. Police say both men were involved with the same woman. They say Ramos was armed with a knife and entered Diaz's apartment through an unlocked door, and there was a struggle.

As the fight escalated, detectives say Diaz choked Ramos to death, then dragged the body into the hallway - his wife and young children - ages four and six, were inside.

Detectives say Diaz now faces several charges including murder and strangulation.

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