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    NYC Crime: Police release new photos of suspects wanted in Hell’s Kitchen drugging, robberies


    ByEyewitness News

    Saturday, April 1, 2023 3:17AM

    Police release new photos of suspects wanted in drugging, robberies

    HELL’S KITCHEN, Manhattan (WABC) — A new clue was released in the search for the men accused of drugging and robbing two people around Manhattan – two of those cases being deadly.

    The NYPD released new photos of the men they are looking for.

    Investigators say there have been 17 cases so far around New York City that may be connected.

    The 2022 deaths of John Umberger and Julio Ramirez were ruled homicides after they were given drugs tainted with fentanyl.

    Ramirez, 25, was found dead in the back of a taxi and his bank accounts were drained after a night out at Ritz Bar and Lounge in Hell’s Kitchen.

    Umberger, 33, was found dead inside the East 61st Street apartment where he had been staying since he arrived in New York on business.

    Umberger’s mother, Linda Cleary, told ABC’s Nightline that she knew something was wrong when she didn’t hear from her son after Memorial Day weekend.

    “People have been hurt, people are scared and afraid, this has gone on too long, it is clear to me from people who have reached out to me this has gone on since 2019,” Bamberger’s mother Linda Cleary said.

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