Suspect in Fatal Queens Hate Crime Also Stabbed Man on Lower East Side
A suspect who fatally stabbed a man in Queens this week also knifed a victim on the Lower East Side during an incident last week. The LES attack was not fatal.
Police charged 22-year old Steven Torres of the Bronx with 2nd degree murder as a hate crime in connection with the stabbing of 69-year old Ever Orozco in Elmhurst Monday afternoon. Torres had apparently become enraged when Orozco blew him a kiss. The Lower East Side crime happened last Thursday inside 9 Stanton Street, near Bowery. The men, day laborers, were working inside the building.
The 47-year old victim, Miguel Gonzalez, was treated at Bellevue Hospital for stab wounds to the arm. He also reportedly blew Torres a kiss. Neither victim is believed to be gay.