Exclusive Police Reveal Identities of Suspects in Grisly Gay Bar Murders

Exclusive: Police Reveal Identities of Suspects in Grisly Gay Bar Murders

The New York City Police Department has released the names of three people they want to talk to about a series of deaths of men in gay bars in New York City.

Three men, Jayqwan Hamilton, 35, Robert Demaio, 34, and Jacob Barroso, 30, are missing, and the NYPD wants the public’s help to find them. Police say that all three of them live in New York City.

Three people are wanted in connection with two murders that are thought to be part of a “citywide robbery pattern.” Between September 2021 and August 2022, 17 crimes that are “being investigated as part of this pattern at this time,” the NYPD told CBS News on Saturday.

CBS News said that when Julio Cesar Ramirez, 25, and John Umberger, 33, left gay bars in Hell’s Kitchen five weeks apart, they were robbed and given drugs. Both men were seen leaving the bar with more than one stranger. Ramirez left with three men, and Umberger left with two men, their families told CBS New York.

It is not clear how the three men who are wanted have anything to do with the investigation into the deaths of the other men. On March 30, CBS News got documents with a lot of blacked-out parts that charged at least five people in the deaths of Ramirez and Umberger.

Exclusive Police Reveal Identities of Suspects in Grisly Gay Bar Murders

Because of the redactions, it wasn’t clear how many people were charged. There were a total of 19 counts, but many of them were sealed, so it was hard to find out what they were and who was being charged.

Shane Hoskins is one of the people named in the documents who was not named by the NYPD on Saturday. Hoskins was charged with a number of crimes, including robbery, conspiracy, grand theft, and identity theft.

Court documents say that Hoskins was part of a plan to approach drunk people as they left nightclubs, start a conversation with them, and then offer them drugs that would make them unable to see what was going on so they could steal their “phones, credit cards, and other property.”

Then, Hoskins would use the credit card information that was saved on the victims’ cell phones to make purchases and money transfers without their permission. The money would then be split among the people who were in on the plan.

The next time Hoskins is due in court is on June 8. He is in jail with a bail of $50,000 and a bond of $100,000.

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