A 22-year-old Bronx man has actually been charged with murder in the stabbing and torching of a district teenager, police stated.
Adonis Betances– who lives about 3 blocks from the scene of the gruesome Wednesday afternoon k*lling of Winston Ortiz, 18– was hit with murder and manslaughter charges after being questioned by police officers at the 44th Precinct stationhouse Thursday.
Ortis was stabbed three times, splashed with gasoline and set on fire on the 5th floor of an apartment in Highbridge, around the corner from his home, according to authorities.
Sources said the suspect knew Ortiz and walked into the building just 10 minutes before the victim.
Occupants in the building said they were alerted to the gruesome scene when they heard a teenage girl shouting around 3 p.m., and ran out with buckets of water to splash the flames.
“I step outside. I saw flames,” one of the tenants told The NY media. “I thought her apartment was on fire. And when I go over there, I saw a guy in flames all over his body.”
Police stated Ortiz was stabbed twice in the back and once in the chest, and suffered burns over 90 percent of his body. He was hurried to Harlem Health center.
Neighbors explained the victim as a college-bound current high school graduate who kept out of trouble.
“They are a good family, good parents,” neighbor Jose Suarez said. “I cannot say anything negative about them. I never see him getting in trouble. I never see him hanging out in the hallway. I never see him hanging in front of the building.”
Below is the picture of suspected murderer Adonis Betances.