Two Fatalities May Be Related; Gay Men Targeted In Drug-Related And Robbery Attacks
The investigation by The New York City Police Department on Monday reported. A series of robberies and assaults are connect to the death of two gay men earlier this year. Just after they exited gay bars in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.
There have been numerous incidents where people have been the targets of robberies or assaults, according to spokesman Julian Phillips. The deaths of Julio Ramirez and John Umberger are among them. According to the NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information. No arrests are made in connection with Umberger’s death. Which the NYPD is still looking into, according to a department official.
A social worker named Ramirez, 25 discovered dead in the back of a taxi in April. The Ritz Bar and Lounge after he leaves with people, an hour later, unknown men. His family previously states that they suspect someone drugged him. About $20,000 taken out of his bank accounts.
Umberger, a 33-year-old political consultant, a month later discovered dead after he and two other men left the Q, a well-known gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen. Umberger’s mother, Linda Clary, thinks drugged her son. Then unidentified man transfer about $20,000 from him. He had maxed out his credit cards and bank accounts.
The NYPD spokesperson stated that the city’s medical examiner is still determining Ramirez and Umberger’s official causes of death and that some. However, not all of the victims in their inquiry are regards as LGBTQ individuals.
In a statement on Instagram over the weekend, New York City Councilman Erik Bottcher said his office has been in touch with the NYPD. The investigation was to the New York County District Attorney’s Office. Bottcher represents a portion of the West Side of Manhattan that encompasses Hell’s Kitchen.
He wrote that the case is receiving “significant resources.” I’ll also add that we need to find the monsters who are responsible for these crimes. Tried to the fullest extent permitted by law, the statement said.
An inquiry for comment is not immediately answered by a representative of Bottcher’s office. The New York County District Attorney’s Office.