A homeless man has been arrested for allegedly killing another homeless man outside of a church and parochial school in Patchogue last month, Suffolk County police said.

Thomas Lamartina was charged with second-degree murder.

Police said the 30-year-old suspect killed Nicholas MacQueen, 65, outside the Emanuel Lutheran Church on East Main Street.

The victim’s body was found on Saturday, June 28.

Lamartina will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Central Islip.


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Timothy Bolger is the Managing Editor for the Long Island Press who’s been working to uncover unreported stories since shortly after it launched in 2003. When he’s not editing, getting hassled by The Man or fielding cold calls to the newsroom, he covers crime, general interest and political news in addition to reporting longer, sometimes investigative features. He won’t be happy until everyone is as pissed off as he is about how screwed up Lawn Guyland is.