Neighbor Arrested In Bronx Grandmother’s Stabbing Death

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Police have made an arrest in the death of a beloved grandmother in the Bronx.

WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond: Dispute Supposedly Over $80

Friends say 70-year-old Ethel Klein would often have her neighbor Tyrone Ragland over to do handiwork in her apartment at the Murphy Houses in Crotona Park.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says a dispute between the two led to her death.

“He alleges that she owed him $80,” said Kelly.

Ragland, 50, told police that he was high on crack when he stabbed Klein to death on January 5, officials said.

Klein was well-known in the building for her work with the tenant crime watch program.

Ragland had served 15 years in prison for a fatal stabbing in 1983.

Relatives said that regardless of whether Klein knew of his criminal past she only saw the good in people.

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