Relative killed three women in Queens, New York home and fled to Virginia
A 22-year-old man has been arrested in Virginia and is awaiting extradition to New York on suspicion of stabbing three of his relatives to death yesterday while they slept in a Queens home.
The suspect is a relative of the three women found dead yesterday with their throats slit in a single-family home on 182nd St. near 146th St. in the vecindario Springfield Gardens. Police did not immediately release his identity or the specific location where he was caught after fleeing New York. No charges have been announced against him.
A home health care worker found the bodies of Patrice Johnson, 26, Latoya Gordon, 47, and Hyacinth Brown Johnson, 65, at around 10:40 a.m. Friday, all with multiple head and neck injuries the police said. Brown Johnson had also been stabbed in the back.
The worker came to help care for Johnson, who was bedridden and disabled. Police said the victims were killed early Friday in their sleep.
“It was hard to believe. And now I’ve seen it, and it’s real,” she told Daily News Donna Hewitt, Johnson’s cousin, told a reporter Friday. The detectives recovered a kitchen knife in a bathroom in the house.
The suspect allegedly he fled in the older victim’s truck shortly after committing the three murders. Brown Johnson and Johnson were found in a bedroom, while Gordon was found in another room, police said.
The house where they were found is not far from JFK airport, and it’s a seemingly quiet residential blockstressed NBC News.
There was no known history of domestic violence at that home. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.