The wheelchair-bound man suspected in a gruesome slaying in an East Village shelter stabbed his disabled victim more than 20 times, according to the Daily News. After being teased about the size of his manhood, investigators believe that 51-year-old Felipe Rivera-Cruz stabbed 24-year-old Ronal Garcia four times in the chest, knocking the victim out of his wheelchair. Once on the ground, Cruz is accused of cutting the defenseless victim in the back and side in "excess of a dozen" more times with a folding knife, according to the criminal complaint.
Cruz is being held without bail on murder charges. Relatives of Garcia were shocked the incident took place at the Barrier Free Living facility on East Second Street, which is one of the few shelters that is fully accessible to homeless adults who use wheelchairs. "It is so horrible," the victim's father, Lisardio Garcia, told the tabloid. "I don't know why this happened. How could this happen at a place like that?"