A Maspeth man faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted for stabbing a Jackson Heights resident to death near a Woodside bar in September.
Olmedo Osorio, 46, of 52nd Avenue, was indicted by a Queens grand jury and arraigned Tuesday, Oct. 11, before Queens Supreme Court Justice Ushir Pandit-Durant on an indictment charging him with murder, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.
On Monday, Sept. 19, at approximately 2:40 a.m., Osorio and the victim, 55-year-old Freddy Jimenez, of 71st Street, were at a bus stop near the intersection of 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, steps away from the 69th Street-Fisk Avenue station on the 7 line, when an argument broke out between the two men, according to the charges. Osorio proceeded to stab Jimenez multiple times with a knife, left the scene and went into a backyard, where police later recovered the knife. Jimenez suffered cardiac arrest and was transported to Queens Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead later that morning, according to Katz.
“As alleged, the defendant viciously took the life of another man over little more than a heated exchange of words on the street,” Katz said. “We will not tolerate violence infiltrating our daily interactions and destroying our sense of public safety in Queens County. He has been indicted and now faces justice in our courts.”
Justice Pandit-Durant ordered Osorio to return to court on Nov. 30. If convicted, Osorio faces 25 years to life in prison.