A Binghamton man has been indicted for a Westside murder


A Binghamton man has been indicted for a murder that took place on the City’s Westside. 

A Broome County Grand Jury handed down an indictment against 45 year-old Wilfredo Pica-Torres for 2nd degree murder, 3 counts of arson and attempted murder.

In February, Pica-Torres allegedly entered 109 Walnut Street and beat 61 year old Victor Banayan and an unidentified woman with a blunt object and then set fire to the building.

Banayan died from his wounds but the woman escaped. 

Police were able to track Pico-Torres to an apartment building a few blocks away on Thorp Street

As a SWAT team surrounded the building, he allegedly set fire to that building as well before surrendering. 

Police say Pica-Torres, who lived next door to Banayan at 107 Walnut, had previously been romantically involved with the female victim.

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