Climbed the Fire Escape to Stab Victim Inside His Apartment
BRONX- A fight over a wallet led a Bronx man to scale a fire escape, enter his girlfriend’s son’s apartment and repeatedly stab the man as he slept, prosecutors say.
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing a 22-year-old man in 2018, leaving him with life-altering injuries.
District Attorney Clark said, “The defendant entered the victim’s apartment through a window as he was sleeping in bed, and stabbed him multiple times over a previous fight. Thankfully the victim survived the vicious attack and has gone on with his life.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Roberto Ortiz, 48, of Park Avenue, was sentenced by Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Hornstein to 10 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision.
The defendant pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder in the second degree on May 3, 2019.
According to the investigation, on the morning of July 26, 2018, the defendant climbed the fire escape of a building in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx, entered an apartment and stabbed Cory Smith, 22, multiple times in the neck, head, and torso with kitchen knives.
Ortiz then dragged Smith out of the apartment and bashed his head against the walls as he forced him downstairs, leaving the hallway and stairway splattered with the victim’s blood.
Smith, begging for help along the way, got outside and made his way into a neighboring building where someone called 911. First responding police officers applied pressure to the victim’s neck wound, saving his life.
The defendant attempted to flee by re-entering the victim’s apartment and jumping off a fire escape. He landed on his head behind the building, where police found him.
A month before the stabbing, the victim accused the defendant of stealing a friend’s wallet and they had physical altercation, which resulted in Smith’s mother ending her relationship with Ortiz.