THE death of a social worker whose body was mysteriously found in a taxi could be linked to a drug-related robbery ring, sources say.
Julio Ramirez, 25, was meeting with a friend in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York on April 20 – but was found dead just hours later.
He was last seen getting into a taxi outside a popular gay club and law enforcement sources fear his death could be linked to a robbery ring.
One told PIX11 News: “It seems to be a pattern.
“There’s a group on the way.”
According to the source, the ring targeted people in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood who had been drinking – with one member posing as a taxi driver.
The source said victims usually board the taxi before being forced to give out their bank details.
“This is the first case of anyone dying,” the source added.
Within days of Julio being found dead, more than $20,000 was withdrawn from his accounts.
Another source said homicide detectives are investigating, although no determination has yet been made as to the cause of death.
Security footage taken in the early hours of April 21 showed Julio walking away from the Ritz Bar and Lounge, a gay dance club, with three unidentified men, his older brother Carlos Ramirez told NBC News.
About three miles from the venue and nearly an hour later, however, Julio was unresponsive and alone in the back seat of the vehicle.
The cab driver called police for help at 4:10 a.m. in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, but the 25-year-old was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital at 4:49 a.m., police sources said.
Julio’s phone and wallet were gone at the time of his death.
On April 25, Carlos mysteriously noticed a changed Apple iCloud password and strange money transfers in his brother’s emails.
Carlos told NBC News, “They had literally taken every dollar he had, all his life savings and all his money.”
He estimated about $20,000 was taken from his brother through apps like Apple Pay and cell, although the NYPD did not confirm this claim to the news outlet.
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