Inwood stabbing leaves 57-year-old man dead, suspect at large

N.J. Burkett reports from Inwood.
November 4, 2013 3:26:46 PM PST
Police have identified a suspect wanted for a murder in Inwood on Sunday morning.

Detectives left the bloody crime scene with more evidence Monday, as tenants lit candles outside the apartment building where 57-year-old Hipolito Perez was their superintendent.

"He used to tell everybody good morning. Have a blessed day. Have a wonderful day. He was a great guy," said Melvin Luciano, a neighbor.

Neighbors are heartbroken and angry.

Police released a photograph of Elvido Soriano (view photo) who subleased a room in the victim's apartment and is wanted for murder.

Investigators believe he stabbed the superintendent to death in an angry dispute over unpaid rent.

What's more, tenants tell Eyewitness News that the victim had called police the day before the murder, to say he was being threatened.

The NYPD confirms a rent complaint was filed, but could not confirm whether the victim had applied for an order of protection.

"The guy didn't want to leave, and the guy threatened him on the super. Said he was going to kill him. That before he leaves he was going to shoot him. So, the super called the cops," said Ben Castillo, a neighbor.

The suspect, Elvido Soriano, is 62-years-old, 5'10", and weighs 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, dark sneakers, and a tan baseball cap.

Anyone with information in regards to the whereabouts of Elvido Soriano is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.