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Not Enough Evidence to Deem Subway Stabbing a Hate Crime

Not Enough Evidence to Deem Subway Stabbing a Hate Crime

(Jen Chung) The man arrested for fatally stabbing a 69-year-old by a subway station in Queens was charged with murder, but the Queens DA isn't charging him with a hate crime. According to DNAinfo, there isn't enough evidence to support the murder as a hate crime charge, but that could change later.

However, the suspect, Steven Torres, did allegedly tell police that he stabbed the victim Ever Orozco because he thought the retiree was "blowing kisses" at him near the 90th Street subway station on Monday. The NY Times adds, "It was not the first time that Mr. Torres had reacted violently to what he said were the advances of an older man in recent days, the police said: last week he stabbed a 47-year-old co-worker for what he told detectives were similar actions... Police officials said that Mr. Torres had not been formally charged with the earlier stabbing assault, though such charges were likely. Investigators would also be looking at it as a possible hate crime."

Read more: Gothamist

 

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