Man murders transgender woman, then kills himself (Bronx, New York, USA, 8 February 1992)


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Sunday, February 9, 1992 ­­- page A7

Man slays ‘hooker,’ then kills himself

NEW YORK—A Bronx man went berserk early Saturday when he discovered that the prostitute he had brought home was not a woman, police said, fatally beating and stabbing the transvestite before jumping to his own death as officers broke down his door.

The prostitute, who was not identified Saturday by police, was well known in the Bedford Park building, a warren of dingy cubicles and filthy narrow halls that was described by its residents as a den of drug dealing and prostitution.

The assailant, Augustin Rosado, a 47-year-old Cuban immigrant, had moved into the building on Creston Avenue on Tuesday, said a neighbor, Juan Olmeda. He was pronounced dead at Jacobi Hospital after jumping from the window of his fourth-floor room, said Sgt. Tina Mohrmann, a police spokeswoman.

The prostitute was pronounced dead at the scene. Rosado “beat the man with a bar, a box cutter, a kitchen knife and a screwdriver,” said Sgt. Mohrmann.

Witnesses told investigators that they heard Rosado screaming at the prostitute, berating him for being a homosexual, said Sgt. Norris Hollomon.


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