Jacob Barroso was arrested in connection with the series of druggings in New York gay bars that spread fear through the LGBTQ community. Reports say the drugs were used to immobilize, rob, and kill the victims.On April 1, Jacob Barroso, 30, of New Britain, Connecticut, was arrested in connection with the death of Julio Ramirez, 25. Ramirez was a social worker who reportedly died of a drug overdose last April. The New York Police Department stated that Barroso was the suspect in the series of druggings in New York gay bars.
According to Stack, the drugs were used to immobilize, rob, and kill the victims. A medical examiner has described the incidents as “drug-facilitated theft”. This drugging in New York gay bars has consequently terrorized and spread fear through the city’s LGBTQ community.
Suspect Faced Charges for New York Gay Bars Drugging
According to Freiman, Barroso faced charges of murder, robbery, grand larceny, and identity theft in connection with the druggings in New York gay bars. However, as of April 2, the suspect has not been arraigned yet.
Apart from Ramirez, another man, John Umberger, 33, was also reportedly drugged and robbed last May. Ramirez’s body was found dumped in the back of a taxi on the Lower East Side. On the other hand, Umberger went missing for five days before he was found dead. A medical examiner stated that both were killed using the same cocktails that contained fentanyl.