NYC woman ‘lured “date” she met on Instagram to her apartment where he was held hostage, tortured and stabbed for $100,000 ransom while his brother watched on FaceTime’ – before cops found him barely clinging to life 24 hours later
- Valerie Rosario, 22, allegedly lured a date to an address in the Bronx after noticing a man’s profile on Instagram in which he appeared to flash cash
- The hookup occurred at 1am on February 7th but within minutes of her ‘date’ arriving, the man was pistol whipped, bound and gagged by three other men
- Throughout the night, the man was allegedly subjected to barbaric torture according to court documents seen by the New York Post
- He was reportedly placed in a bathtub before being stripped, burned and stabbed while having a flammable liquid thrown over him
- The following afternoon, a FaceTime call was made to the man’s brother to demand a $100,000 ransom while continuing to cut the victim with a knife
- One of the alleged accomplices was tracked to an address in Queens, New York
- The victim was found in the back of the accomplices van where he was unconscious and ‘barely breathing’
- Rosario has been charged with kidnapping and attempted murder
A 22 year-old New York woman faces attempted murder charges over claims she duped a Tinder date into coming over to a property where he was tortured while his family was ordered to pay a $100,000 ransom.
According to the New York Post, Valerie Rosario, 22, is alleged to have deliberately lured the unsuspecting 24-year-old man over to her apartment for the sadistic plot to be carried out with a group of others.
That included putting the victim in the bath where he was sprayed with flammable liquids before being set alight, and tortured with knife blades.
Rosario, of the Lower East Side, allegedly set up the honeytrap scheme on Instagram and convinced the ‘complete stranger’ to come to an address in Marble Hill at 1am on February 7.
Valerie Rosario, 22, allegedly lured a date to an address in the Bronx after noticing a man’s profile on Instagram in which he appeared to flash cash, but it was a honeytrap
The hookup occurred at 1am on February 7th but within minutes of her ‘date’ arriving, the man was pistol whipped, bound and gagged by three other men
She allegedly picked out the victim after noticing that he would often flash money on his own personal Instagram account, and suggested they hook-up.
But it quickly turned into the date from hell as the man was tied up and gagged while his kidnappers forced him to call his brother to pony up $100,000 in ransom money to secure his release, Manhattan prosecutors allege.
Incredibly, police were able to track him down about 24 hours later, tied up in the back of a van and barely breathing, according to the New York Post.
No further updates on his condition have been shared.
Prosecutors have described Rosario as a conwoman from the Lower East Side and have given details of the harrowing incident which all took place early last month.
The man arrived at the address on Marble Hill Avenue in the Bronx. The torture began soon afterwards with one of a group of three men first pistol whipping him, according to court documents seen by the Post.
Rosario, together with the men are then alleged to have stripped the man, ‘placed him in a bathtub, poured flammable substances on him, and burned him with a flame’ all over his body, the charging document states.
The victim was also tortured with a knife and struck on his ‘legs, back and body,’ the court documents detail.
‘After multiple hours of torture,’ the kidnappers the moved the man to a different location in order for him to make a FaceTime call to his brother later in the afternoon.
His sibling was able to see him being cut by a knife, while a demand for ransom money was made by other group members, Assistant District Attorney Andrew Kluger claimed in Manhattan Criminal Court.
‘Give us one hundred thousand dollars or we will kill him,’ the kidnapper told the man’s horrified brother.
One of the alleged accomplices, Javier Vargas, was finally tracked down to a Queens address where he was found to be sitting outside in a van.
Court papers seen by the Post detail how a knife was also found inside the van.
Throughout the night, the man was allegedly subjected to barbaric torture He was placed in a bathtub before being stripped, burned and stabbed while having a flammable liquid thrown over him
Rosario is said to live at this East Village residence together with her mother and brother
Rosario allegedly worked with at least three other accomplices. The victim was later found in the back of a van in Queens
So too was the victim who by now was completely unconscious and ‘barely breathing.’
He had been ‘wrapped in a blanket with tape covering his mouth,’ the complaint states.
The man was taken to hospital where he was treated for multiple burns and stab wounds on his face, body, back and legs, according to the complaint.
In Manhattan Criminal Court Kluger asked that Rosario be held without bail.
Judge Soma Syed agreed that given the serious nature of the crime, that Rosario should be remanded in custody.
Her defense attorney pleaded that she be released noting that she lived with her mother and brother while working full time in a dentist’s office.
‘Ms. Rosario denies all the allegations that have been leveled against her,’ Defense attorney Raymond Loving said in on Monday.
Alongside Rosarios, Vargas and one other of the alleged kidnappers were also charged and remanded in custody with a grand jury hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
NYC has seen crime spike in recent years, with new mayor Eric Adams – an ex-cop – vowing to crack down on soaring violence. Felony assaults have rocketed by almost a fifth in a year, with shootings up by 10 per cent, rapes up by a third, robberies up by 43.5 per cent and crime overall spiking by 45.3 per cent.
Crime in the city is up by 45 percent compared to this time last year, with robbery up by 43.5 percent and assault up by 17.2 percent
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