A 37-year-old man whose roommate had invited people to their apartment to attend a birthday party is charged with killing one of their guests with a butcher knife Monday.
Adan Montano, of the 2900 block of West 63rd Street, was charged with first degree murder and was ordered held in lieu of $1.5 million bail in court.
Montano, who had moved into the apartment only days earlier, was in his bedroom during most of the evening while the party was going on
At about 9 p.m., Montano left his room and jointed the party and began acting "strange and belligerent" and began bothering the guests including the victim, Stephanie Serrano, 19.
Montano was warned to that if he wanted to remain at the party he needed to stop bothering the female guests including Serrano.
Montano continued to bother the female guests and at one point began brushing his teeth in front of the female guests using a household cleaning product.
After Montano refused to stop bothering the guests he was told to leave the party and to return to his bedroom. Montano became upset and when the person throwing the party turned away, Montano punched him in the back. The person throwing the party responded by punching Montano in the mouth.
About an hour later, as the party was breaking up Serrano, the person throwing the party and a female guest walked out to a porch.
Montano then came out of his room with a beer and a butcher knife and tried to stab them. When the person throwing the party and the female party-goer saw Montano with the knife they fled the porch and returned into the apartment.
But as Serrano tried to flee she fell to the ground and Montano pounced on her and began to "viciously attack her with the butcher knife as she screamed out for help" .
Montano stabbed her multiple times, including to her face, arm, hands, and the knife even penetrated her heart.
She was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead there.
A few moments later he walked into a police station with a gash on his head claiming to have been jumped by gang members.
He asked for an ambulance. Police said he matched the description and was identified by witnesses.
Montano later admitted to police that he had attacked Serrano because he was mad because the people at the party had beat him earlier in the evening and that when he went to confront them about it they laughed at him