D.A. Vance: Randy Santos Indicted For Murder And Attempted Murder in Chinatown Killings

October 28, 2019

Defendant Also Charged for Attacking a Sixth Man in a Previous Incident

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of RANDY SANTOS, 24, for the murder of four men and the attempted murder of a fifth man during three attacks in Chinatown, and the attempted murder of a sixth man in a separate attack eight days earlier in Chelsea. SANTOS is charged in a New York Supreme Court indictment with four counts of Murder in the First Degree, one count of Attempted Murder in the First, one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and one count of Assault in the First Degree.[1]

“There is perhaps no population more vulnerable to violence than the growing number of unsheltered New Yorkers who lack a safe place to sleep,” said District Attorney Vance. “As my Office works to secure justice for Cheun Kok, Anthony Mason, Nazario Abdelardo Vazquez Villegas, and a tragically still-unidentified neighbor, our City can further honor their memories by delivering secure housing to all New Yorkers. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the victims’ loved ones as our community begins to heal.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, between approximately 1:30 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. on October 5, 2019, SANTOS attacked five sleeping, unsheltered individuals in Chinatown. In the first attack, SANTOS observed Anthony Mason sleeping on the sidewalk outside of 17 East Broadway. The defendant left and returned a short time later carrying a metal bar and struck Mr. Mason in the head approximately seven times, causing his death.

Immediately following the attack on Mr. Mason, SANTOS crossed the street to 2 East Broadway, where he approached three men sleeping next to each other on the sidewalk.

SANTOS struck the sleeping group multiple times with the same metal bar, walked away, and returned a few minutes later to strike the group three more times, causing the deaths of Nazario Abdelardo Vazquez Villegas and an unidentified victim, and seriously injuring another victim.

After the attack at 2 East Broadway, the defendant abandoned his weapon and crossed the Bowery, where he observed Cheun Kok sleeping against a building near Doyers Street. SANTOS retraced his steps to retrieve the metal bar, then he approached Mr. Kok and struck him in the head three times. Eyewitnesses to the attack called 911, and SANTOS fled down Doyers Street carrying the weapon over his shoulder. Police officers quickly responded to the scene at 2 Bowery and found Mr. Kok had succumbed to his injuries.

While securing the scene, police officers encountered the surviving victim of the 2 East Broadway attack as he stumbled toward the ambulance on-site. The victim was immediately rushed to a local hospital with serious physical injuries. Simultaneously, officers of the 5th Precinct apprehended the defendant after observing him with the metal bar in the vicinity of Mulberry and Canal Streets.

Following his arrest, SANTOS was identified as the perpetrator of a similar attack on September 27, 2019. In that incident, SANTOS approached an individual sleeping on a bench near the waterfront at Chelsea Piers and repeatedly struck him in the head and neck. The defendant then attempted to throw the victim over a railing into the river.

Assistant D.A.s Alfred Peterson, Senior Trial Counsel of Trial Bureau 70, Raffaela Belizaire of Trial Bureau 60, and Patrick Nelligan, also of Trial Bureau 60 are handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant D.A. David O’Keefe, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division, as well as Executive Assistant D.A. John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Investigative Analyst Sasha Hodson and Paralegal Claire Lisker are also assisting with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD, especially Detective Andrew Oliver of the 5th Precinct, Detective Scott Williams of the 10th Precinct, and Detective John Santiago of the Manhattan South Homicide Squad.


Defendant Information:

RANDY SANTOS, D.O.B. 12/4/1994

Bronx, NY


  • Murder in the First Degree, a class A-I felony, four counts
  • Attempted Murder in the First Degree, a class A-II felony, one count
  • Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
  • Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.