April 2, 2023

USA: 3 Men Charged With Drugging, Robbing, And Killing Gay Men In New York City Hell's Kitchen Area. Democrat DA Bragg Didn't Bother Warning The Public Of Serial Killers Targeting Gay Men In NYC.

NewsNation published April 1, 2023: Manhunt on for 3 gang members charged with drugging, robbery, murder in NYC. Linda Clary, the mother of one of the victims, joined "NewsNation Prime" to discuss the developments in her son's case after six men were charged with his drugging, robbing and eventual murder.

GetOutSpoken.com, Gay News Source
written by Peter Lloyd
Monday March 27, 2023

The grieving mother of John Umberger has slammed the city’s divisive district attorney, Alvin Bragg, over his highly-questionable approach to crime in New York.

Linda Clary criticized the progressive prosecutor for allowing her son’s killers to remain at large, putting countless others at risk for almost a year.

Her comments come just days after warrants were issued for six men who actively preyed on victims in Hell’s Kitchen’s nightspots. All six have been hit with grand larceny and first-degree robbery charges.

Three of the suspects have also been charged with first-degree murder.

Speaking to Outspoken, Clary issued a public message to Bragg, urging him to do better.

“Do your job and complete the task!” she said. “Your role is to protect the people of New York County, regardless of their race, sexual orientation, background or anything. Please do your job and do it efficiently. Treat victims and their families like you would want to be treated.”

Both Umberger and Julio Ramirez, 25, were murdered in almost identical ways after being targeted, drugged and robbed, then left to die in April and May, 2022.

Initially, the deaths weren’t deemed suspicious, but Clary’s dogged determination forced a review by the Medical Examiner’s Office, which recently ruled her son’s death a homicide.

Clary, who spearheaded her own investigation into her son’s suspicious death, says she feels betrayed by the shady way everything was handled. Unsurprisingly, she says the protracted process caused her family unnecessary trauma.

“Alvin Bragg seems bent on social justice, rather than criminal justice. It’s almost as if his actions are a form of reparations.”

“His actions prolonged my grief because I’ve spent the past year in fight mode, which was an impediment to healing. He made a devastating situation infinitely worse. I wish he would resign as I believe this would be in the best interest of every New Yorker and every visitor to New York City.”

Clary credits NYPD Detective Randy Rose with pushing the investigation forward. However, she believes there’s a much broader dereliction of duties among the city’s elected officials.

“There is [definitely] a level of city corruption going on. People knew this was happening; some of them are elected officials whose sole responsibility is to keep us safe. They failed in their job and need to be fired.”

“I’ve also been told that if I hadn’t pursued it and gone to the media, the case would’ve been buried and nothing would have ever happened,” she added.

Alarmingly, Clary says there could be as many as five different criminal gangs targeting gay men in New York City.

“They seem to look for someone who’s isolated, even if just for a few minutes because their friends went to the bathroom. They charm their victim, befriend them, then go in for the kill – literally or figuratively.

“One of the reasons they target the gay community is because that’s a place where people let their guard down; there’s a camaraderie on the scene, a trust, so they play on that. Plus, gay men are some of the most financially successful people, so they’re lucrative targets. There are also people who are still in the closet, so they won’t report it if they’re victimized.”

She now urges gay men and their allies to exercise more caution, especially when intoxicated.

“Don’t go out alone. Don’t let your friends be alone. It’s the same message we’ve been giving to young women for decades: be careful. Stick together. Look out for one another. Bad people are everywhere, sadly.”

Her message has particular relevance now that Kathryn Gallagher’s July 2022 death has been ruled a homicide and linked to “drug-facilitated theft.” The 35-year-old was found dead in her apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side on July 24 of last year.

Despite everything, Clary has still found the time and the strength to form an eponymous foundation in her late son’s honor. The John Anthony Clary Umberger Foundation will ‘inspire others to live boldly and make a difference as John did.’

This will include scholarships and wellness initiatives.

“Not only did I lose my oldest son, but I also lost my best friend and greatest cheerleader. There are moments that are pretty intense and dark, but I put on the public face because it’s what John would have wanted.

“We are determined to stop these criminals from hurting anyone else.”
The Post Millennial
written by Joshua Young
Saturday April 1, 2023

Three suspects have been arrested and charged for a string of targeted attacks on gay men in New York City's Hell's Kitchen area where the suspects would allegedly drug and then rob men they met at nightclubs in the area, and in two cases the men were murdered.

According to the New York Post last week 35-year-old Jayqwan Hamilton of Brooklyn, 34-year-old Robert Demaio of Brooklyn, and 30-year-old Jacob Barroso of Manhattan were indicted in the murders of 33-year-old John Umberger and 25-year-old Julio Ramirez.

The three charged with murder were charged alongside three suspects with robbery, grand larceny, and conspiracy to drug and rob in connection to a string of 17 incidents in total that spanned September 2021 to August 2022. The gay nightclubs Q NYC and Ritz Bar and Lounge were two clubs where the gang targeted victims.

Umberger and Ramirez were murdered blocks away 5 weeks apart and following their deaths additional men started coming forward to report a similar methodology was used on them. Both men reportedly died of a drug overdose from being roofied and their phones were missing as was thousands of dollars from their bank accounts.

On March 3, the Medical Examiner revealed that the men were drugged by a cocktail that included cocaine, ethanol, fentanyl, and a mix of several other drugs.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who recently indicted Donald Trump, did not initially warn the public about the targeted attacks until police told the New York Post "Bragg’s office is impeding the investigation" in November 2022.

Ramirez, a Brooklyn social worker, was murdered and robbed of over $20,000 and 5 weeks later the same thing happened to Umberger, a political consultant from Washington, DC, and $25,000 was taken from his bank account. Umberger was found dead in his Upper East Side townhouse and was seen with three unidentified men. Ramirez died in the back of a taxi, also after leaving with a group of men.

NYPD Detective Randy Rose connected the additional robberies and the deaths of the men to a gang that was targeting gay men in Hell's Kitchen.

The Post Millennial's Andy Ngo tweeted of the arrest and said, "These men are accused of preying on gay men in New York City by giving them fatal drug cocktails & then transferring tens of thousands of dollars out of their bank accounts as they died. We can expect the many NYC #LGBTQ+ groups to protest. Oh wait."
The New York Post
written by Miranda Devine
Sunday November 6, 2022

A gang that preys on gay men at Hell’s Kitchen nightclubs is suspected of killing at least two victims and of drugging and robbing more than a dozen other men — but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is impeding the investigation, law enforcement sources say.

An NYPD homicide investigation into the serial killings has expanded to include robberies with the unexplained deaths of two well-heeled young men, who were attacked under nearly identical circumstances five weeks and two blocks apart last spring.

Their phones were missing when their bodies were found, and their bank accounts had been emptied of tens of thousands of dollars. Each victim was last seen with three unidentified men in the hours before they died.

Five months later, New Yorkers still have not been warned that the predatory gang is on the loose.

But the mother of one victim has decided to break her silence to protect other young men from suffering the same fate as her son, John Umberger, 33, a Washington, DC, political consultant who disappeared after a night out in May while visiting New York for work.

“I can’t be quiet anymore,” Linda Clary told The Post.

“Word needs to get out, especially in the gay community, that they are targeting gay men. … This same group of killers have drugged, robbed and murdered countless young gay men in New York.”

Final moments

Her son last used his credit card around 3 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at The Q NYC, a multistory gay nightclub at 795 Eighth Ave., where he had gone alone after a late dinner with friends at Tao Downtown in Chelsea.

He ordered and canceled a cab at 3:15 a.m. and was last seen about an hour later on a surveillance camera with three unidentified men in a car outside the Upper East Side townhouse where he was staying. The footage from a nearby building shows Umberger getting out of the car with two of the men, who entered the townhouse with him but left without him after about 45 minutes.

Between 5:19 a.m. and 5:37 a.m., someone responded to six text messages on Umberger’s phone, but Clary believes it was not her son. At 9:18 a.m., Umberger’s phone stopped sharing its location with his younger sister and two brothers. A text message sent by Clary to her son at 8:24 p.m. was marked as “read,” so she thought he was safe.

“I thought John was reading my texts but was too busy and ignoring me. You let a day go by, a day go by and then you say, ‘This is weird.’”

Her son’s body was found four days later, on June 1, in a fifth-floor apartment of a townhouse at 34 E. 61st St., which is owned by conservative lawyer Jay Sekulow’s American Center for Law and Justice, where Umberger was director of diplomacy and political programs.

His cellphone was missing, and his credit cards had been stolen from his wallet. More than $25,000 had been transferred out of his accounts through cash apps on his phone such as Venmo and PayPal, by changing the passwords, says his mom. There also was a failed attempt to empty his Charles Schwab trust fund account.

His credit cards later were used to buy booze at a liquor store near a homeless shelter and items at a Foot Locker.

Five weeks earlier, in similar circumstances, Brooklyn social worker Julio Ramirez, 25, was captured by a security camera leaving the Ritz Bar and Lounge, a gay club on West 46th Street, two blocks from The Q NYC, with three unidentified men around 3:17 a.m. Thursday, April 21.

He was found dead in the back of a taxi an hour later, on the Lower East Side. His phone and wallet were missing, and his bank accounts had been emptied of about $20,000. Like Umberger, his money was cleaned out by his tech-savvy killers via apps such as Venmo and Zelle; his credit cards were maxed out on expensive dinners and spa services.

Earlier that night, Ramirez and a friend had visited two other Hell’s Kitchen gay bars within a half-mile of The Q NYC and the Ritz: Mickey Spillane’s and Rise Bar, both on Ninth Avenue.

Preliminary toxicology reports show both Umberger and Ramirez died of drug overdoses, but evidence suggests they had been “roofied,” the colloquial term for someone spiking their drinks with date-rape drugs, sources say.

“We need to stop this,” says Clary, who believes the gang has killed other young men and will continue to prey on New York’s gay community.

She has nothing but praise for the detectives investigating Umberger’s death, who she says have worked hard to identify suspects, but she accuses the District Attorney’s Office of “refusing to prosecute my son’s killers.”

“New York is unnecessarily unsafe, and it breaks my heart because John was so excited to be in Manhattan. He loved being there,” she said, paying tribute to her late eldest child. “He was a little ray of sunshine.”

Clary has come to New York from her home in Atlanta to demand action for her son and the other victims.

Help us, Lee

Over the weekend, she recorded a video message for the Save Our State group urging a vote for Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in Tuesday’s gubernatorial election: “Lee Zeldin has promised to restore safety to New York and to fire District Attorney Alvin Bragg on day one. This election may be the last opportunity to hold my son’s killers accountable.”

An NYPD spokesperson did not answer The Post’s questions about the serial killings of gay men, other than to say: “The investigations remain ongoing, [and] the medical examiner will determine the causes of death.”

A five-month delay in toxicology reports may be a death sentence for potential future victims, but it’s commonplace at medical examiner’s offices, which have been hit by staffing shortages, an overload of cases due to COVID-19, an increased homicide rate and a spike in fentanyl overdoses due to the open southern border.

Thus, the breakdown of law and order in New York — thanks to disastrous polices of Democrats at the federal, state and local levels — has ramifications throughout the criminal justice system that go well beyond policing.

Prosecutors in Bragg’s office, for instance, appear to be paralyzed — whether from overwork or ideology, it’s unclear. But since his woke Day One memo in January ordering staff to stop seeking prison sentences and downgrade felony charges in various cases, he has been hit by an unprecedented number of resignations of assistant district attorneys.

Zeldin will have his work cut out for him to fix this mess, but at least he knows what the problem is, unlike Gov. Kathy Hochul, who still is in denial that we are facing a crime emergency.

In that she is aided by a compliant media, including Bravo TV star Andy Cohen, who endorsed Hochul on Saturday, ironically enough, at a Stonewall event to try to rally LGBTQ turnout.

Not a mention of the menace stalking New York’s gay ­community.

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