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  • A man accused of fatally stabbing a stranger outside New York City's Port Authority subway station Friday has been released
  • A judge set his bail at $100,000 despite receiving requests from prosecutors for bail to be withheld
  • The man's $10,000 partial bond, 10% of his total bail, was secured by a childcare provider

A man accused of "mutilating" and killing a stranger outside a New York City subway station last week has been released after 10% of his bail was secured, according to reports.

Jesus Ramirez, 28, was freed from Rikers Island Saturday, the same day he was arraigned before Acting Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Adams on charges of second-degree murder and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Post reported.

He was caught on camera killing 49-year-old Guarionex Torres outside the Port Authority subway station Friday, according to the outlet.

Ramirez and Torres encountered each other at West 44th Street and Eighth Avenue just before 1 a.m. that day, authorities said.

Both men exchanged words, surveillance footage showed. Ramirez then lunged at Torres and stabbed him, unnamed sources told New York Post.

Ramirez allegedly used a knuckle knife blade to slash and stab Torres, who was unarmed, a criminal complaint alleged.

"[Ramirez] stabbed the guy to death, mutilated him with brass knuckles with a knife in the middle. Slashed the guy and hit all his organs. Had to know what he was doing," an unnamed source told the outlet.

Ramirez then allegedly fled on foot, leaving Torres on the ground.

Torres was left with a gash from his right ear to his left cheek, cuts to his neck and arm as well as a stab wound in his torso, according to the complaint.

He was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Officers found Ramirez near the scene shirtless and covered in Torres' blood, the criminal complaint claimed.

"He attacked me first. I stabbed him," Ramirez told officers, according to law enforcement sources and the complaint filed against him.

Authorities found a knife in Ramirez's pocket, and they were also able to recover surveillance footage of the attack, police and unnamed sources told New York Post.

Prosecutors with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office requested that Ramirez be held behind bars without bail in the case, but the judge instead set his bail at $100,000.

Ramirez was released after 10% of the amount, or $10,000, was reportedly secured by childcare provider Bright Horizons.

In a prepared statement obtained by the outlet, a spokesman for the Office of Court Administration said that "many factors" go into a judge's decision when setting bail.

"Our criminal justice reform laws predispose against pretrial incarceration and give the arraigning judge narrow discretion, even on violent felony offences, while requiring them," the statement read.

Michael B. Schulman, Ramirez's defense attorney, did not immediately return the Post's request for comment.

Ramirez, who has no known criminal history, is due to appear in court again Wednesday.

Torres has more than 30 prior arrests, police sources told New York Post. He reportedly was arrested two weeks ago for swinging a hatchet at people near the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

NYPD police tape marks off an area where a 43-year-old man was found dead on Sunday evening in New York City, U.S., March 14, 2022.
NYPD police tape marks off an area where a 43-year-old man was found dead on Sunday evening in New York City, U.S., March 14, 2022. Reuters / SHANNON STAPLETON