Flatlands resident charged with stabbing man, hiding body in plastic bin

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Prosecutors are charging a Brooklyn man with murder after police discovered a body in a plastic storage container at his Flatlands home on April 19.

Police arrested Joshua Simser at his house on E. 54th Street near Avenue N and charged him with second-degree murder, law enforcement sources said. Police have not released the victim’s name, but law enforcement sources say he went by the nickname “Chino.”

Chino reportedly spent the night at Simser’s home around April 14, police said. According to a criminal complaint, the Simser allegedly stabbed Chino several times in the head, neck, and body some time between April 14 and April 19.

The two did not appear to have a close relationship, police said.

The suspect’s employer tipped off the police after Simser, a bouncer, allegedly confessed the homicide to his boss on Saturday, according to law enforcement sources. Investigators from the 63rd Precinct found the body shortly after noon on Saturday, according to police reports. The victim had suffered several stab wounds, which likely led to his death, sources said. Simser was arrested the next day, court records show.

Neighbors said they rarely saw the suspect or his housemates, who were relatively new to the neighborhood.

“I’m living there my whole life and I don’t know the people who live in that house,” said Joanne Ascanio, who has lived three doors down for 50 years.

Another neighbor who declined to give her name said she had never spoken with anyone in the house since its previous owners moved five years ago.

Seeing a platoon of police outside their homes rattled many living on the block, neighbors said. One resident said he would never have thought such a violent crime could occur in his backyard.

“This is a good neighborhood — I’m shocked that this occurred,” said neighbor Michael Guest.

Simser was arraigned in Kings County Criminal Court on April 21, and his next appearance is scheduled for April 25.

His lawyer said evidence is preliminary but could show the alleged stabbing was not a murder.

“It appears there are elements of self-defense that may come into play here,” said attorney Hermann Walz.

Updated 4:50 pm, April 22, 2014
Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260-8303. Follow him on Twitter @MJaeger88.
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Anonymous from Flatlands says:
I didnt know either of them well, i met chino 2 weeks prior and he was a determined father to visit his son in boston. Its sad to say he will never get to do so. As for simser, i had met him monday april 14th and he seemed very odd when i had arrived with my boyfriend. Simser was high off coke and acting very strangely, with that said my boyfriend and i left early that morning. Since that day we've never heard from chino untill we heard on the news that he was in fact dead. I pray for chino and his loved ones.
April 29, 2014, 2:59 pm
ryan from Lexington woods says:
Josh simser is a great guy.I've known him my whole life I just know deep down inside it's a case of self defense
July 26, 2014, 1:53 pm
Rudy from Houston says:
I knew this cat back in tkd he was a crazy mofo
Jan. 7, 2016, 10:23 pm
Brittany from Spring, TX says:
He was always pretty violent. Even when we were 12 years old he broke another kids jaw for looking at him funny.
Jan. 27, 2016, 2:34 pm
That guy who knew him from NW houston says:
I went to school with josh in Texas. He was very weird. Was always making death threats. And hung out with a kid that once pulled a gun on me. And brought a dogs skull to school after they claimed to have cut its head off by slamming it in a door. I found this out by looking him up frequently waiting to see sumthing like this. He deserves the pancake butt he will be getting. He was not a bouncer he was a cook. He was never a tough guy.
Oct. 25, 2016, 12:53 pm
Cliff from Lexington Woods says:
Josh used to live down the street from me. We used to hang out and play video games, skateboard, and stuff like that. He was always a weird kid. I didn't really like hanging out with him; always lying. He was the creepiest kid I knew back then. His family was quite the spectacle as well, his mom being an avid smoker and stepdad that Josh would always mock. I hated it when he would come over, he would always knock on the door, and never leave when I or my mom would tell him to. I always knew he'd turn out like this. The last time I saw him he acted like he didn't know me, BS on that. I read on some other site his testimony, "self defense" my ass. Who stabs a guy in the face, chest, neck, and arms 29 times in self defense, and then stuffs his body away like it's nothing. My personal belief is that he wanted to taste murder, and it didn't fit. Then he tells his boss because he starts to feel bad about what he's done. Josh hasn't changed a lick. He lied the same way back then too. He's the prime example of a sociopath, I blame the way he was raised. You can't live your life with the idea that the world owes you something. Josh, you are one sick POS.
March 16, 2017, 8:24 am

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