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Westchester School Security Guard Charged In Quadruple Homicide

The four alleged victims, clockwise from top left: Miguel Sosa-Luna, Martin Santos-Luna, Urbano Morales-Santiago and Hector Guitierrez.
The four alleged victims, clockwise from top left: Miguel Sosa-Luna, Martin Santos-Luna, Urbano Morales-Santiago and Hector Guitierrez. Photo Credit: U.S. Attorney/Southern District

A school security guard who lives in Rockland and works in Westchester has been arrested and charged in connection to a quadruple homicide that had previously been tied to former Briarcliff Manor police officer turned drug conspirator Nicholas Tartaglione.

Joon Kim, the acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced on Thursday the arrest of Nanuet resident Joseph Biggs, who was charged in a 17-count indictment along with Tartaglione, for their participation in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and four alleged murders.

Kim said Biggs worked as a security guard at a school in Hastings-on-Hudson, where he was arrested. The attorney's office did not disclose the name of the school. The Hastings Union Free School District said Biggs did not work at any of its schools.

The new indictment includes additional firearms and kidnapping charges against both men.

According to the indictment that was filed in White Plains Federal Court last year, Tartaglione killed Martin Luna, 41, Urbano Santiago, 32, Miguel Luna, 25, and Hector Gutierrez, 43, at the Likquid Lounge - a bar that his brother reportedly managed for a time in the town of Chester in Orange County - when a cocaine deal went badly involving at least one of the victims.

It is alleged that Tartaglione drove with the bodies for approximately a half hour from the bar in Chester to his farm in Otisville, also in Orange. Four bodies would be removed from his property the day after he was arrested.

Biggs was taken into federal custody on Thursday morning.

Tartaglione and Biggs each face life in prison for a series of charges that include conspiracy to distribute cocaine, murder, use of a firearm in furthering a drug trafficking crime, kidnapping and interstate travel with the intent to commit a crime of violence. Both men are due in court later this year.

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