Officials in New York City are disclosing more details about Shane Hoskins, according to the prosecution, is involved in a series of incidents in which gay men were allegedly drugged in bars and then left with sizable unauthorized bank account withdrawals.
Prosecutors claim that Shane Hoskins is associated with a gang that allegedly drugged and robbed men who frequented gay bars in the city, leading to two fatal overdoses.
When it comes to the fatal drugging in May 2022, Shane Hoskins is accused of robbery and identity theft. Approximately $50,000 was set as his bail, according to FOX 5 New York.
Family members are warning about the deaths of at least two other gay men who were found dead with suspicious bank withdrawals last year.
The mother of John Umberger, who passed away in May, Linda Clary, told the New York Post in January 2022, “I can’t be quiet anymore. This same group of killers have drugged, robbed, and murdered countless young gay men in New York. “Word needs to get out, especially in the gay community, that they are targeting gay men.
Clary told FOX 5, “It’s the worst thing ever. John was not only my firstborn, but he was also my confidant, advisor, and encourager.”
Umberger, 33, left the gay club The Q NYC in Hell’s Kitchen with a group of other men, and his body was found in a townhouse on the Upper East Side in May.
In addition to having his phone and credit cards stolen, Umberger’s bank account had more than $25,000 drained from it.
A month prior, Julio Ramirez, 25, also perished in the back of a taxi after leaving a gay bar with some other men just a few blocks from where Umberger had spent the previous evening.
Ramirez’s phone and credit cards were gone, and his accounts had about $20,000 missing.
Since her son’s tragic death, several parents have contacted Clary to say their own son experienced a similar situation but survived, she said.