Queens man charged with 90 previous arrests for cutting man on NYC Subway platform and anti-gay statements
A New York man, who has made 90 arrests, has been charged with hate crimes after he allegedly cut open the face of a subway commuter while spouting racist and homophobic insults.
Ramon Castro, 55, was arraigned before Supreme Court Justice Toni Cimino Wednesday afternoon on a seven-point indictment that charged him with first- and second-degree assaults such as a hate crime, criminal weapons possession, aggravated harassment and possession of drugs.
The incident took place on July 6 at around 3:10 a.m. between Castro – who has more than 90 arrests to his name – and a 34-year-old victim who has not been identified. It came weeks after Castro was released over a double burglary allegedly committed.
According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, Ramon allegedly yelled, “I hate Latinos and f****t people” at a man standing outside a subway station on the corner of 77th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Flushing. , Queens .
Ramon Castro (pictured), 55, has been charged with hate crimes after punching a man in the face on an NYC Subway platform while using racist and homophobic statements
Castro was arraigned before Supreme Court Justice Toni Cimino Wednesday afternoon on a seven-point indictment that charged him with first- and second-degree assaults such as a hate crime, criminal gun possession, aggravated harassment and drug possession.
Castro then allegedly attacked the innocent victim and slashed the man on the left cheek with a wooden stake.
Footage of him taken in the wake of the alleged attack was subsequently shared by New York police.
The defendant then ran away from the crime scene and the victim was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he had to receive 16 stitches to close the wound on his face – eight on the outside of his cheek and eight on the inside.
Castro, was ordered to return to court on November 22, 2021 and could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
According to the NY Post Castro is homeless and was last released in June after two alleged burglaries thanks to reform of bail laws.
Police arrested him for allegedly breaking into a nightclub where he stole an ATM and then again when he robbed a bar, as reported by the Post.
He is being held on $250,000 bail, city corrections show.
The incident took place on July 6 at around 3:10 a.m. between Castro – who has more than 90 arrests to his name – and a 34-year-old victim who has not been identified near a subway station on the corner of 77th Street and Roosevelt. Avenue in Flushing, Queens
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz (pictured) said of the hate crimes in a statement: ‘Attacking others because of their ethnicity or who they love is never acceptable’
Across New York, crime has increased in nearly all categories. New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea has called for reform amid the crime wave, arguing the ‘soft on crimes experiment’ has been a disaster
When officers questioned the suspect, he is said to have said, “Homosexuals are okay, but not when you’re an adult.”
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said of the hate crimes in a statement: “In Queens, we value our diversity. Attacking others because of their ethnicity or who they love is never acceptable.
“It’s not tolerated here. We will now try to bring this defendant to justice for his alleged hate crimes.”
The Queens attack is just the latest in a string of crime across New York amid a growing crime wave in the Big Apple, with attacks increasing in broad daylight.
Two men beat up a Brooklyn homeowner across a shared driveway with a wooden club and their fists, then taunt the victim’s pregnant wife as she recorded the attack on her phone, police said.
According to data from the NYPD, the crime rate is up 5.2 percent from last year, on Aug. 22, and the crime rate is up 2.4 percent.
The number of homicides has decreased, from 291 reports in the same period in 2020 to 287 reports so far in 2021.
There have also been 7.1 percent more shooting incidents, with 4.4 percent more casualties.
Major thefts also increased by 1.6 percent, while major thefts of cars reached a 19.3 percent increase.
The number of rapes has increased by 6.1 percent and the number of hate crimes has almost doubled.
On Monday, cell phone footage showed a 39-year-old victim walking along East 15th Street near Kings Highway at 7:20 a.m. when two men attacked him outside a car service shop not far from his home in Midwood.
The men, dressed all in black, beat the Brooklyn homeowner across a shared driveway with a wooden club and their fists, then taunted the victim’s pregnant wife as she recorded the attack on her phone, police said.
Police say the incident happened at about 5:22 p.m. Saturday in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn
On Saturday, chilling surveillance footage showed a man with a knife stabbing a 25-year-old on a sidewalk in Brooklyn.
The victim was holding a pizza box and talking to another person when the suspect, who appeared to be passing with a group of friends, casually walked up to him and started stabbing him repeatedly.
Also on Saturday, a man hit a subway passenger with a hammer, ostensibly because he looked at him ‘wrongly’.
The attack took place at Union Square station around 9 p.m.
The suspect, since identified as Jamar Newton, 41, reportedly punched the 44-year-old victim in the back of the head after an argument, causing him to fall on the tracks.
The victim was transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he needed seven stitches to close his head wound. He was registered in stable condition.
Newton was arrested around 6 p.m. Sunday when officers saw him running away from an 18-year-old boy at the 125th Street subway station in Harlem. He was charged with assault, reckless danger, criminal possession of weapons and theft.
Police say CCTV footage shows 41-year-old Jamar Newton spinning an object – believed to be a hammer – in his hand as he walked off-screen to a man on the other side of the platform. He beat the subway passenger to death, supposedly because he looked at him ‘wrong’
Newton was later seen quietly exiting Union Square Station. He was arrested in Harlem for less than 24 hours
Last Friday morning, while waiting for the G-train, a woman was beaten with a metal pole.
And earlier in the month, another man was randomly attacked by an alleged Iraq war veteran who brandished an ax outside Chase Bank in lower Manhattan.
The suspect hit the 50-year-old victim three times in the head and once in the leg.
The victim was left bleeding on the sidewalk until paramedics were able to bandage his head and transport him to a nearby hospital where he underwent two surgeries. The man is now in stable condition.
His attacker – believed to be Aaron Garcia, 37, of Yonkers – was arrested after allegedly hunting around town. He was charged with attempted murder and assault.