2015-11-18 / Front Page

Ex-Boyfriend Faces Life In Prison For Stab Murderb

By Liz Goff
A 30-year-old Flushing man is facing life in prison for the brutal stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend.

Luis Zambrano was arraigned on 15 counts at Queens Criminal Court on November 10, including second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, attempted petit larceny and intimidating a victim or witness in the death of 26-year-old Angie Escobar, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Prosecutors said Zambrano allegedly used a scissor to stab Escobar multiple times in the torso when she tried to end their relationship.

Investigators said Zambrano and Escobar were last seen together when they left for a date on the evening of September 6. Escobar’s family immediately suspected Zambrano of foul play when Escobar, a mother of two, failed to return home that night, law enforcement sources said.

The family launched a search for Escobar and Zambrano, hanging flyers on trees and poles in their Queens Village neighborhood, and starting a social media search dubbed “bringangieback.” The family filed a missing person report with police several days after Escobar went missing.

A tow truck driver called 911 a week later when he smelled a foul odor coming from a Nissan Maxima that was parked illegally near Zambrano’s Whitestone residence, police said. “Detectives that responded to the scene were knocked off their feet by the stench when they opened the trunk of the car,” a police source said.

Detectives found Escobar’s badly composed body stuffed inside the trunk of the car and ratcheted up their search for Zambrano.

The city Medical Examiner said Escobar had been stabbed multiple times in the chest and torso and her body had been stuffed in the trunk of the car several weeks earlier. Neighbors told investigators Zambrano was last seen driving the Nissan on the night of September 6.

The hulking ex-boyfriend hid out in Daleville, Va., for just over a week after the murder, police sources said. Investigators tracked Zambrano to the town by tracing his friend’s cell phone calls, the sources said.

Zambrano is facing 25 years to life in prison if convicted. He was held without bail at his arraignment, Brown said. His next court date is February 6, 2016.

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