Bronx man dies after being smashed with glass bottle during dispute

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A Bronx man died after being smashed in the head with a glass bottle during a dispute on Sept. 1, 2023.
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A Bronx man died hours after someone smashed a glass bottle over his head during a dispute early on Friday morning, police reported.

Authorities said Mario Fernandez, 50, suffered a fatal neck laceration during the attack that occurred at about 12:32 a.m. on Sept. 1 at 2631 Marion Ave. in Fordham Heights.

According to law enforcement sources, Fernandez — who lived down the block on Marion Avenue — had become embroiled in an argument at the crime scene when an unidentified man struck him over the head with a glass bottle, cutting his neck in the process.

EMS rushed Fernandez to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died a short time later.

The incident was reported to the 52nd Precinct, which had seen five homicides year-to-date through Aug. 27, according to the most recent CompStat report; that’s down from the 12 murders recorded at the same point in 2022. Felony assaults, however, are up 9.3% this year.

So far, no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.