A Sunset Park man who fatally slashed one victim, and injured another, will serve 20 years to life behind bars, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced today.
Juan Ramos, 67, was convicted in the 2013 stabbing death of Giovanni Rodriguez-Arias — a 23-year-old father of two — following an argument. He received six additional years in prison for assaulting a man who tried to aid his victim, which he will serve consecutively, according to prosecutors.
“Two young children will grow up without a father all because of this defendant’s senseless acts of violence, for which he now will spend essentially the rest of his life behind bars,” said Thompson.
According to trial testimony, on September 29, 2013, at approximately 3pm, Ramos fatally stabbed Rodriguez-Arias in the stomach and arm with a knife hidden beneath his sweater. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. A second victim was stabbed in the hand while attempting to resolve the dispute.
A wanted poster with the defendant’s photo was released to the public and a tip lead authorities to Ramos, who was apprehended on the roof of a Sunset Park building.