FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 26, 2016
67-Year-Old Man Convicted for Murder of 23-Year-Old Brooklyn Father;
Defendant Stabbed Victim During Dispute
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 67-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder for the 2013 stabbing death of a Brooklyn man in Sunset Park. He was also convicted of second-degree assault for stabbing a man who tried to aid the victim.
“District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant murdered a young father of two and now will spend most of the rest of his life behind bars.”
The District Attorney identified the defendant as Juan Ramos, 67, of 239 55th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He was convicted today of one count second-degree murder and one count second-degree assault following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice. The defendant will be sentenced on March 10, 2016 at which time he faces up to 25 years in prison.
According to trial testimony, on September 29, 2013, at approximately 3 p.m., the defendant fatally stabbed Giovanni Rodriguez-Arias following an argument. The victim, 23, was stabbed in the stomach and arm with a knife hidden beneath the defendant’s sweater. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. A second victim was stabbed in the hand while attempting to resolve the dispute.
Shortly after the incident, the defendant was identified by the New York Police Department as a suspect in Mr. Rodriguez-Arias’ fatal stabbing and a wanted poster with the defendant’s photo was released to the public. Following a tip, the defendant was apprehended on the roof of a Sunset Park building.
The case was investigated by Detective Elson Winchester and Detective Albert Lamoglia of the New York City Police Department’s 72nd Precinct.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ernest Chin of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Kenneth Taub, Bureau Chief.