After arresting a person believed to be answerable for the loss of life of a 74-year-old lady who was discovered useless together with her palms and toes certain on the ground of her Higher West Facet condo, police at the moment are trying to find a second suspect who could also be related to the killing.
The NYPD mentioned that one other man could also be related to the loss of life of Maria Hernandez, who was discovered by her sister who additionally lives in the West 83rd Street condo constructing. The sufferer was certain and gagged inside her ransacked condo.
“Wow, I’m still in shock. I can’t believe it. It’s the most terrifying moment of my life,” Maria Terrero mentioned.
Terrero had gone upstairs to examine on her sister after Hernandez’s daughter referred to as to say she had not heard from her mom.
It was not instantly clear what function consider the second suspect might have had, however launched a picture of the person they have been mentioned to be searching for (beneath).
Anybody with info in regard to the incident is requested to name the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The general public also can submit their ideas by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
The seek for one other suspect comes simply two days after Lawshawn Mackey was arrested and charged with homicide, tried homicide and housebreaking. Any potential motive in the case, or particulars about what led up to the killing, are nonetheless unknown.
Police beforehand mentioned that Mackey, 47, might have labored in the identical constructing the place Hernandez was found.
Police and EMS responded round 10 p.m. and located Hernandez face down on the bed room flooring with garments piled on prime of her, officers instructed Information 4. Her accidents included fractures and exterior bruising throughout her physique.
“I find her in the bedroom on the floor, her body covered with all this stuff, I almost can’t see her. It’s terrible, it’s traumatizing, it’s unbelievable,” mentioned Terrero.
The medical expert will decide her reason for loss of life.
Murder detectives wanting into Hernandez’s loss of life confronted a perplexy impediment: the constructing’s surveillance system had been ripped out from the basement. Investigators started an prolonged video cancass of ring cameras and different exterior cameras in the fast space hoping to get a glimpse of the intruder.
Hernandez was a mom and grandmother recognized in the neighborhood for taking walks together with her sister and one other good friend.
“I think I’m living a very bad dream right now. That’s the only thing I can say. I trust the authorities, I know they’re working very hard. I believe they’ll get the justice for her,” Terrero mentioned.