The suspects accused in the beating death a man who died days after beating by Bronx crowd following minor car crash were freed on bail before the case elevated to a homicide
A gang of 10 to 15 people stomped Geuris Guillermo, 42, and his brother, Ambiori Guillermo, 38, just before 2:40 a.m. Sunday in the Bronx, New York
The angry crowd beat Geuris to death after a minor fender bender , repeatedly stomping his head against the concrete as his brother was also beaten nearby – right after their vehicle collided with another vehicle in the Bronx
Two men in the other car demanded cash from the Guillermo brothers, police said
Two suspects, Luciano Norales, 27,and Thomas Ellington, 29, were arrested in the case, and charged with attempted murder, assault, and other counts
Both men however, were freed on bail before the death of Geuris Guillermo raised the attack to a homicide
Norales told a detective, “I didn’t hit him. But I wanted to so badly,” “I was so angry but I didn’t. I grabbed him and I said I need your information, and then he ran”
Ellington admitted he removed items from the Guillermos’ car, but denied stealing anything. “I took some stuff out but I didn’t take nothing,” he told investigators
The suspects were arraignment Monday before Bronx Criminal Court, where prosecutors requested the men be held without bail
Norales was freed on personal recognizance bail, while Ellington was freed after posting bond of $20,000
An angry New York crowd beat a man to death after a car crash in the Bronx, repeatedly stomping his head against the concrete as his brother was also beaten nearby, cops and prosecutors said Thursday.
Two suspects were initially arrested in the case, before the same suspects were freed on bail before the victim succumbed to his injuries.
A gang of 10 to 15 people reportedly, pummeled Geuris Guillermo, 42 and his brother, Ambiori Guillermo, 38, just before 2:40 a.m. Sunday, after the vehicle being driving by one of the brothers was involved in a fender bender with another vehicle on the corner of East 176 Street and Carter Ave. in Mount Hope.
Police said that the two men in the other car demanded cash from the Guillermo brothers. The monetary demand was soon followed by the beating which left Geuris Guillermo fatally injured.
The two men arrested in the attack were charged with attempted murder, assault, and other counts.
One of the accused men denied attacking Guillermo and his brother, but admitted he was angry enough to have done so. “I didn’t hit him. But I wanted to so badly,” Luciano Norales, 27, told a detective, according to a criminal complaint.
“I was so angry but I didn’t. I grabbed him and I said I need your information, and then he ran.”
The gang also raided the car the brothers were driving prosecutors said, stealing musical equipment and flinging clothing onto the ground.
The second suspect charged in the case, Thomas Ellington, 29, allegedly, has confessed that he removed items from the Guillermos’ car, but denied stealing anything.
“I took some stuff out but I didn’t take nothing,” he told investigators.
“Other people were in the car and I said do whatever you want to do.”
“But I tried to stop everything. I was taking clothes out or whatever,” Ellington said.
“Someone took a speaker but I just took the clothes out and put them on the floor.”
42-year-old Geuris Guillermo died on July 27, just two days after he was attacked at the corner of East 176th Street and Castor Place. He leaves behind three children.
Still bruised and bandaged, Guillermo’s brother Ambioris spoke to the media at the spot where the incident took place and where he says he found his severely battered brother.
Ambioris who was driving says that on the night of July 25, he was rear-ended just a few feet away and that when he tried to step out of his car, the men in another car started to beat him.
“They didn’t let me get out of the car, they started punching and kicking me on the floor right away.
I couldn’t see anybody because I was on the floor and when I got up, I just ran away,” said Ambioris Guillermo. He says he managed to run away and called his brother, Geuris, to help him.
He says when they returned to the car, they found the windshield smashed.
According to Ambioris, a larger group returned and started to beat the brothers again. That’s when he ran away thinking his brother was behind him, but soon returned to the scene to find his brother on the ground.
Geuris Guillermo suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital, where he died Tuesday.
Now just days after Geuris’ death, friends and family are calling for justice as some of the men involved in the mob beat down are still on the run.
The suspects were arraignment Monday before Bronx Criminal Court, prosecutors requested the men be held without bail, but Norales was freed on personal recognizance bail, while Ellington was freed after posting bond of $20,000.
The death of 42-year-old Geuris Guillermo has raised the attack to a homicide. Guillermo, who lived in Manhattan’s Hells Kitchen, lost consciousness, suffering brain hemorrhage before he died Tuesday.
One family friend lamented his demise: “He was a nice guy with a beautiful family. He had a son. His sister just told me he got jumped and killed. I’m really shocked to hear it,” said Henrietta Cary, adding “He wasn’t the gangster type. He was a beautiful young man.”
“He was his family’s oldest son. It’s terrible. I can’t believe it,” Cary said.
The victim’s siblings also expressed fears the attackers might target them next.
“Justice needs to be served. These people need to be put on blast,” said one of his sisters, Mary Guillermo.
“My family is scared. We fear for our family.”
Another sister said, “We don’t know these people. We don’t know why they did this. It won’t bring my brother back, but I want them to burn in hell.”.