NEW YORK — The New York Police Department has charged a 22-year-old man with an anti-gay hate crime in the stabbing death of a man found under an elevated subway line in Queens.
Steven Torres of the Bronx was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime and criminal possession of a weapon.
Torres allegedly attacked 69-year-old Ever Orozco because he believed he was gay, and because he claimed the victim came on to him, reported the New York Daily News.
“He (Torres) said the victim was blowing kisses to him. That’s what set him off,” a source told the Daily News. “This is what he is claiming.”
Orozco was stabbed repeatedly in the throat and chest.
Sources said the attack occurred after Orozco, who is married, parked his car after dropping his wife off at a doctor’s office. Police said Torres was arrested six blocks away after he fled the scene, and that police have recovered the knife used to kill Orozco.
Article continues belowWitnesses said the knife was nearly eight inches long.
Orozco, a Queens resident, was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The incident occurred at Roosevelt Avenue and 90th Street in the Elmhurst section.