UNION SQUARE — A Bronx man stabbed another in the neck in what officials described as a gang-related attack in November, less than a week after he bludgeoned another man with a brick, according to a police report and law enforcement sources.
Gage Quinones, 22, committed both attacks after being released without bail for a previous drug bust arrest and despite an open warrant out against him for a 2014 robbery, court records show.
In the most recent incident, Quinones stabbed a 43-year-old man outside the Human Resources Administration center at 109 E. 16th St. near Union Square on Nov. 7, police said.
The suspect approached the victim roughly 5:42 p.m. and asked him if he was a member of the Bloods street gang, police said. The victim responded "what are you talking about?" before Quinones pulled out a knife and plunged it into the man's neck, according to authorities.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital with serious injuries, and Quinones fled the scene with an accomplice, police said.
Preliminary police reports differed on whether Quinones and his victim knew each other, according to an NYPD spokeswoman.
An HRA representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Less than a week earlier, on Nov. 5, Quinones got into a heated argument with an acquaintance on the corner of East 16th Street and Union Square East at about 5 p.m. But the dispute turned violent, when Quinones struck the 32-year-old man twice in the head with a brick.
The attack left the victim with cuts to his head and four broken bones in his face.
Officials had issued a warrant for Quinones’ on Dec. 29 in relation to the two attacks and police finally caught up with him on Jan. 22 and arrested him, according to court records.
Prosecutors charged Quinones with criminal possession of a weapon and assault with a weapon, both felonies, in connection to the brick attack, according to prosecutors. A judge ordered him held without bail pending his next court date on Jan. 28.
He has not yet been arraigned for the Nov. 7 stabbing, which is still under investigation, according to law enforcement sources.
But this isn't the first time Quinones has been in and out of courts due to his alleged illegal activities in and around Union Square, and for the first two arrests he was released without bail.
Here's a timeline of his run-ins with the law, and how the courts have handled them:
► On Oct. 29, 2014, Quinones was arrested after he and an accomplice punched a man in the face and stole $100 from him, according to a police report. A judge released him without bail, but ordered a warrant for his arrest on April 2 after he missed a court date, records show.
►On Oct. 15, he was arrested again for trying to sell Xanax to undercover officers, and then attempting to rob the officers of cash and a cellphone, according to a criminal complaint. Despite having a warrant out for his arrest from the 2014 robbery, a judge once again released him without bail, records show.
►On Nov. 5, Quinones bludgeoned a man with a brick at 16th Street and Union Square East but managed to flee, according to a criminal complaint.
►On Nov. 7, he stabbed a 43-year-old man in the neck after asking the man whether he was a member of the Bloods gang, police said.
►On Nov. 24, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest in connection to the 2014 robbery charges and the Oct. 15 drug bust, records show.
►On Dec. 29, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest in connection with the bludgeon attack and the stabbing, according to court records.
►On Jan. 22, police arrested Quinones on the warrants against him, and prosecutors charged him in the Nov. 5 bludgeoning. Police are still investigating him in connection to the stabbing, for which he has not yet been arraigned, according to law enforcement sources.
A lawyer for Quinones did not respond to a request for comment.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misstated the date of the stabbing attack. The correct date is Nov. 7. An earlier version also misstated the incident connected to his Jan. 22 arraignment. He was arraigned for bludgeoning a man with a brick.