He was a polite young man who doted on his more youthful siblings– and now Adonis Betances, 22, is locked up without bail and facing up to 25 years in prison for the vicious stabbing and burning death of his little sibling’s teen suitor.
Betances was arraigned and remanded in Bronx Criminal Court on Friday on 2nd degree murder and murder.
On his last breath, victim Winston Ortiz pointed Betances as his killer, according to his criminal report.
Video monitoring also implicates Betances, the complaint stated.
Ortiz, 18, had been dating Betances’ 14-year-old sibling, police sources have revealed. The girl had broken the relationship off on Wednesday.
Then, on Wednesday afternoon, Betances and Ortiz had a scheduled meeting on the fifth floor of a Highbridge building near where both boys lived, sources stated.
There, Betances supposedly stabbed Ortiz two times in the back and once in the chest. He then allegedly doused the dying teen with gasoline and set him ablaze.
The vicitim’s terrible screams signaled next-door neighbors, who doused the flames with pails of water.
Ortiz was able to tell police officers at the scene that Betances was to blame. The bleeding, badly burned teenager was then pronounced dead at Harlem Healthcare facility.
Betances, who lost his scooter-delivery job due to the pandemic, was a considerate, peaceful young man– and an excellent big brother, surprised next-door neighbors said Friday.
” When he saw me, he ‘d say, ‘Hello there neighbor!'” one remembered.
Betances ran errands for the family, assisted with his more youthful siblings, and would say sorry to the downstairs next-door neighbors when they got too rowdy and loud, they stated.
The romance between his little sister and Ortiz was known in the neighborhood.
“A pretty little thing, too,” a downstairs neighbor said of the sister.
“I see them at the corner doing their thing – kissing and holding hands. Then she would carry her ass on in and he’d go. She never brought him inside.”
Now, Betances’ mom “is weeping,” and his niece “is devastated,” the girl’s uncle, Edward Guzman, told The media.
” She keeps away from the news,” Guzman said. “It’s like she doesn’t wish to be reminded of what took place.”
When it comes to his nephew, “This whole thing is like a nightmare,” he stated.
” I do not know why he did it. I do not know if I can accept that he did that type of thing. That’s the opposite of who he is.”