Police have arrested a man who they say fatally stabbed a 60-year-old woman in Queens on Wednesday after she refused to give him money, according to prosecutors.
Yonatan Galvez-Marin, 22, of Queens, has been charged with second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon, police said Sunday. There was no information available as to whether he had obtained a lawyer who could comment on the charges.
Officers responded to reports of an assault in front of a home on Normal Road in Jamaica Hills around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday. When they arrived, they saw Nazma Khanam bleeding with a stab wound to her torso.
Sources told NBC 4 New York that a man approached her and stabbed her as she and her husband carried groceries into their home. A piece of the knife was recovered at the scene.
Khanam, who is the aunt of a police transit officer, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Prosecutors say Galvez-Marin admitted that when she refused to give him money, he stabbed her then left the scene.
The NYPD Muslim Officers Society said Thursday morning that Khanam was the aunt of an NYPD transit officer.
The New York City Muslim community has been on edge since an imam and his associate were gunned down in broad daylight in Queens several weeks ago. Their alleged killer was arrested and charged with murder.