New York City suspect in gay bar robberies, druggings indicted on charges of grand larceny and identity theft

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New York City officials More information is being released about a suspect prosecutors say is linked to a series of incidents in which gay men were allegedly drugged in bars and left with huge unauthorized withdrawals from bank accounts.

According to prosecutors, Shane Hoskins is connected to a group that drugged and robbed men who visited gay bars in the city, investigators said, resulting in two fatal overdoses.

John Umberger, who died in May in Manhattan after going to a gay bar.  (Photo provided by Linda Clary) Julio Ramirez was discovered dead in the back of a taxi in Manhattan in April.

John Umberger, who died in May in Manhattan after going to a gay bar. (Photo provided by Linda Clary) Julio Ramirez was discovered dead in the back of a taxi in Manhattan in April. (Fox 5 / Linda Clary)

New York City’s gay community is on high alert after a series of allegations of drug use, robbery and the deaths of at least two people.

Hoskins faces charges including theft and identity theft in connection with Deadly anesthesia In May 2022. Bail is set at around $50,000, according to FOX 5 New York.

Last year, at least two other gay men were found dead with suspicious bank withdrawals, according to family members who are sounding the alarm about their deaths.

“Everyone, especially in the gay community, should tell us that they target gay men… This same group of killers has drugged, robbed and murdered countless gay men in New York.”

– Linda Clary

“I can’t be quiet anymore,” Linda Clary, the mother of John Omberger who died in May, told the New York Post in January 2022. the gay communityThey target gay men. … This same group of killers has drugged, robbed and murdered countless young gay men in New York.”

John Umberger, who died in May in Manhattan after going to a gay bar.

John Umberger, who died in May in Manhattan after going to a gay bar. (Linda Clary/Fox 5)

“It’s the worst thing ever. Not only was John my eldest son, he was a friend of mine. He was a counselor. He was a cheerleader.” Clary told FOX 5.

Omberger, 33 years old Find out meta In an Upper East Side townhouse in May after he left his gay club, The Q NYC, in Hell’s Kitchen with a group of other men.

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Amberger’s phone and credit cards were stolen and more than $25,000 was taken out of his bank account.

Julio Ramirez was found dead in the back of a Manhattan taxi in April.

Julio Ramirez was found dead in the back of a Manhattan taxi in April. (Fox 5)

Just a month earlier, another man named Julio Ramirez, 25, had died in the back of a taxi after leaving a gay bar with a group of men blocks from where Amburger had spent the evening before his death.

Ramirez phone credit cards It’s gone and about $20,000 is missing from his accounts.

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Since her son’s tragic death, Clary said, many parents have reached out to tell her their son had a similar experience, but lived.

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