By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police arrested two homeless men for allegedly beating a third homeless man to death in Kips Bay at the end of August. Police arrested 42-year-old Joshua Sutherland and 58-year-old Ernesto Aparicio, who are now facing a murder charge in connection with the incident.
According to the district attorney’s office, a witness told police that Sutherland and Aparicio repeatedly kicked and punched the third man, who appeared to be lying unconscious on a park bench at the northwest corner of East 27th Street and First Avenue on Thursday, August 30 around 8 p.m.
A second witness told police that a short time later, he saw the victim on the ground a short distance from the bench and that Sutherland and Aparicio were still standing nearby.
The witness said that he then saw Sutherland allegedly kick the victim in the head repeatedly while wearing boots. He told police that he yelled at Sutherland to stop because he was going to kill the victim, to which Sutherland allegedly replied, “I don’t give a f—k,” while continuing to kick the victim repeatedly.
The witness said that he called 911 twice and EMTs ultimately arrived at the scene but after Sutherland and Aparicio allegedly beat him, the victim remained on the ground, unresponsive and motionless.
Police said that one of the responding emergency medical technicians arrived at the scene in response to the 911 calls from the witness and found the scene as he described it, with the victim unresponsive on the ground. EMTs transported the victim to Bellevue Hospital, where he reportedly died on September 1.
Police said that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and a representative from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said that the victim’s injuries included fractures to his ribs, face and neck and there was blood on the victim’s brain.
Both suspects were charged a few days after the incident inside the 13th precinct. Sutherland was arrested on Monday, September 3 at 10 p.m. and Aparicio was charged just after midnight on Wednesday, September 5.
Attorneys for Sutherland and Aparicio did not return requests for comment before Town & Village’s deadline.