2016-04-06 / Front Page

Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Girlfriend, Hiding Her Body

By Liz Goff
A 30-year-old Whitestone man who fled to Virginia after stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death and hiding her body in her car, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on March 30th in Queens Supreme Court, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.   

Luis Zambrano pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Angie Escobar, 28, who was last seen with Zambrano on the evening of September 4, 2015, prosecutors said.
Escobar’s family immediately suspected Zambrano of foul play when Escobar, a mother of two, failed to return home that night. The family reported Escobar missing several days later and launched a search for the young mother, and Zambrano, who they believed knew what had happened to Escobar.
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. Detectives at the scene were “knocked off their feet by the stench” when they opened the trunk of the car, a police source said. The detectives found Escobar’s badly decomposing 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 on or about September 6, and her body had been in the car since that time.
The hulking Zambrano hid out in Daleville, Va., after the murder, Brown said. Police tracked him to the town by tracing his friend’s cell phone calls, prosecutors said.
Zambrano was arrested in Virginia on September 18 and waived extradition to New York, where he was arraigned on 15 counts 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 Escobar’s death.
In pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge, Zambrano admitted to intending to cause serious physical injury to Escobar, which ultimately caused her death, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said Zambrano allegedly used a scissor to stab Escobar when she tried to end their relationship.
Zambian also pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted burglary in a prior incident, Brown said. Zambian told the court that he broke into the Paradise Alley Bar at 41-09 150th Street in Flushing at approximately 11:18 a.m. on October 2, 2013, where he stole approximately $100 in cash and three bottles of alcohol.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Holder indicated that he would sentence Zambian to 25 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and to a consecutive term of up to three years on the attempted burglary charge at his sentencing later this month.
“A young mother’s life was senselessly cut short by the man who professed to love her,” Brown said. “To hide his actions, he hid her bloody body in the trunk of her car and then fled the state, only to be caught a few days later. He will now face a lengthy term behind bars when he is sentenced this month,” Brown said.

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