News Man beats roommate to death with a hammer in Queens, police say The EXO apartment building on 21st Street in Astoria. Photo Credit: Google, 2013 By ALISON FOX firstname.lastname@example.org @AlisonFox January 13, 2015 2:18 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email An 18-year-old man was charged Tuesday with beating his roommate to death with a hammer inside their luxury Astoria apartment, police said. The man, Quentin Capobianco, and his 29-year-old roommate, Jesse Smith, apparently had an ongoing argument, police said. The pair may have argued about money before Capobianco allegedly took a hammer and beat Smith on Monday afternoon, causing severe head trauma, police said. Police arrived to the 21st Street apartment just before 3:30 p.m. and Smith was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he was pronounced dead. Capobianco was charged with second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use, police said. Capobianco was awaiting arraignment Tuesday and could not be reached for comment. The Exo apartment building where the pair lived featured a residents' lounge with billiards, a fitness center, a landscaped sky lounge and furnished rooftop terrace, according to the building's website. By ALISON FOX email@example.com @AlisonFox Alison covers law enforcement and breaking news. She previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, and has a master’s degree from Northwestern University and bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.