Whitestone man pleads guilty to stabbing girlfriend to death

By Madina Toure

A Whitestone man who fled to Virginia after fatally stabbing his Queens Village girlfriend and hiding her body has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

Luis Zambrano, 30, pleaded guilty March 30 to manslaughter and attempted burglary on an unrelated matter, according to Brown.

Zambrano will be sentenced April 19 to a determinate term of 25 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and a consecutive term of up to three years on the attempted burglary charge, Brown said.

Zambrano admitted he planned to injure the victim, Angie Escobar, 28, which led to her death, the DA said.

Escobar was repeatedly stabbed on or about Sept. 6 and was last seen Sept. 4, Brown said.

Her family reported her missing four days later and her decomposing body was found Sept. 10 in the trunk of her 2004 Nissan Maxima, which had been abandoned near 22nd Avenue and Murray Street in Whitestone, Brown continued.

Zambrano was arrested in Daleville, Va. Sept. 18 and waived extradition to New York, according to the DA.

When pleading guilty to the attempted burglary charge, Zambrano admitted that he broke into the Paradise Alley Bar at 41-09 150th St. in Flushing at about 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 2, 2013 and stole about $100 in cash and three bottles of alcohol, Brown said.

Reach reporter Madina Toure by e-mail at mtour[email protected]local.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

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