Now Fruitquana Hawkins, 33, is facing murder charges – a stain on his record that won’t be wiped away anytime soon.
Hawkins, a parolee, was inside the Edge Bar and Lounge on Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica at 2:35 a.m. June 14 when he grabbed a napkin off of Timothy Tripp’s table.
The move sparked an argument with Tripp, 35, who picked up a wad of napkins and threw them at Hawkins, a police source said.
“He said something to the effect of ‘Get your own napkins,'” the source said.
Outraged, Hawkins pulled a gun and started blasting away, hitting Tripp in the head and chest, officials said.
Tripp died at the scene.
Hawkins, who had been released from prison about a month before the shooting, fled to Georgia, where he was located and arrested this week.
Investigators brought Hawkins back to New York on Wednesday, where he was charged with murder, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Hawkins had been arrested three prior times stretching back to 1999, according to officials. In 2009, he was sentenced to two years and three months in prison after being sentenced on an attempted weapons possession charge.
He was released in 2011, but was ordered back to prison two years later when he violated his parole, officials said.