Hempstead Man Charged In Deadly 1995 Robbery

WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Nassau County said Thursday they’ve cracked a cold case, the murder of a Westbury woman 15 years ago.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reports, it was modern technology that helped solve the mystery.

He must have been surprised that 15 years after the killing, he ended up arrested. Paul Sampson, 65, of Hempstead was charged with a murder that had gone unsolved since he was 50.

“DNA was the key to the door that opened up this case,” said Nassau County Police Lt. John Azzata.

The victim was 60-year-old Vilma Portillo, a single mother of eight who worked seven days a week to support her family. Portillo worked as a cleaning lady inside a Westbury building that used to be a pharmaceutical company.

On Sept. 14, 1995, as she came out here to her car, she was robbed and fatally shot.

Police had little to go on. Questioning employees went nowhere. But then, just recently, they caught a break.

“We had a piece of evidence with DNA on it and that DNA ultimately matched to Mr. Sampson,” Lt. Azzata said.

Police to support her large family Portillo had a side job of selling clothing at flea markets. She did business with Sampson and he knew when she got paid.

“In addition to her collecting her salary at her company, she would also collect from people who bought clothes on credit, and that’s the reason she had that amount of money on her that day, which was approximately $4,000,” Lt. Azzata said.

Investigators said because Sampson was a convicted felon his DNA was in a database.

Police said the case points up not just the value of DNA evidence, but the perseverance of detectives who submit old evidence for testing.

Police said Sampson has a record dating to 1964, including a manslaughter conviction in 1981.

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  1. BREWZER says:

    AT LEAST HES NOT RUNNING IN PHARMACIES AND MURDERING PEOPLE 4 SYNTHETICS!! Thats a real trajedy on LONG ISLAND!!!!!! OH I GUESS ITS OK BCAUSE HES A PALE CRACKER WITH ORIGINS OF A VIKING OR FROM THE CAUCUS MOPUNTAINS!!!! QUESTION. WHY DO YOU CRACKERS SUNTAN IF YOU HATE NIGAZ SO MUCH!!

  2. concerned says:

    another guilty silverback murderer please can we just ship them back to apefreaka

  3. monica says:

    how do i get past these filters?

  4. don says:

    hello?

  5. Arnold says:

    Wow! These are racist postings. I understand you hate the filthy beast, but can you say it in a non-racist way?

  6. Annoying Black Person says:

    ha ha that monkey looks guilty

  7. Television Viewer says:

    There is so much racist hate speech here and racist hate crimes. It’s racist. Blacks invented chess and ice cream. You racists want to hate this black man but without him there would be no ice cream. I can’t believe the racist hate speech here. There ought to be laws against racism. Racists.

    1. debbie says:

      hahaha chess and ice cream. you better get off the cool-aid

  8. Orenthal James Chimpson says:

    NlGGERS should not be allowed on to Long Island.

  9. Orenthal James Chimpson says:

    NlGGER NlGGER NlGGER NlGGER

  10. Cybil Wrright says:

    I can’t believe all these racist comments. They are all true, but still they are racist.

  11. Paul Sampson's mother says:

    He’s a good boy and he din do nuffin. He was just turning his life around when the racist cops start this D-N-muhfuggin-A bidness. They is racist. They just trying to keep a brother down. It be racist.

    1. O.J. Chimpson says:

      Dat right, he be a goo boy!

  12. BobbyKennedy says:

    Why doesn’t 1010 WINS/CBS show a pic of the jig and save the public the effort of googling this incident to confirm he is a nig? I know, the natives would become restless if they did!

    1. O.J. Chimpson says:

      That’s what NlGGERS do, after all.

  13. Jeramiah Jackson says:

    If we would just elect a black president, this stuff wouldn’t happen.

  14. JohnnyRebel says:

    check out http://www.irateirishman.com/blog for the truth about these vile beasts.

    1. Leroy Jenkem says:

      Wow! This link reports the news as it should be reported.

  15. Martin Luther Kong, Jr. says:

    That evil buck probably raped her dead body, too. I wouldn’t put anything past these demonic jungle savages. LOL.

  16. Stein60 says:

    No explanation of where the alleged criminal’s DNA was found, to match with the DATA BASE.

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