What to Know
- A missing Staten Island woman was found killed inside a vacant house Sunday, police say
- Sources say Linden Beaton is a person of interest in the death of 69-year-old Johynita Jordan
- Beaton, a registered sex offender, was arrested Friday for a different attack that left another woman with broken bones and stitches
A missing 69-year-old Staten Island woman was found dead Sunday, and police sources say they've identified a person of interest -- a convict accused in another random attack of a woman earlier this month.
Johynita Jordan of Park Hill Avenue was reported missing Friday, Jan. 18, and turned up dead inside a vacant home on Vanduzer Street around noon on Jan. 27.
Sources say surveillance video shows a man identified as 31-year-old Linden Beaton -- a registered sex offender -- leading her into the house. But only Beaton would later walk out. Investigators are looking into whether Jordan was sexually assaulted.
Beaton was arrested Friday in another attack three weeks earlier, on a woman named Beatrice Kaliku. He is charged with assault, criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment, officials said.
Kaliku said she was walking to church just after midnight on Jan. 5 when she was suddenly grabbed in a chokehold and viciously beaten. She needed eight stitches in the head and had two broken bones.
Kaliku said she was heartbroken to hear her alleged attacker may be linked to the killing of another woman.
"I tell God 'thank you that I'm here,' but somebody else didn't get that chance to live," she said.
The medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of Jordan's death.
It wasn't immediately clear if Beaton, who was sentenced in 2010 to seven years in prison for attempted rape, had a lawyer who could comment on the charges.