Man Charged With Stabbing Mother To Death On UES

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A shocking murder on the Upper East Side has longtime residents wondering how it happened.

The ritzy apartment building on 85th Street near Park Avenue seemed an unlikely place for murder, but a son was accused of taking a knife and stabbing his mother to death, reports CBS 2’s Wendy Gillette.

Police said an unemployed 41-year-old killed his own mother inside their seventh-floor apartment during an argument.

The crime left residents in the neighborhood stunned.

“That’s obviously very shocking,” Tom Cirone said. “I’m really surprised it would happen anywhere, but yeah, it hits very close to home.”

Police said Jonathan Schwartz stabbed his 67-year-old mother, Barbara Schwartz, in the neck and torso. She was pronounced dead after EMS technicians arrived at the home.

It was a horrifying crime that made many uneasy after just hearing about it.

“That’s a sick person, and I just feel he needs to be locked up,” Jesus Rodriguez, who works in the neighborhood, said. “He needs some special treatment, and that’s just about it. Anybody who would kill their mother, or anything like that, is not worth living at all.”

Barbara Schwartz led a charitable family foundation from inside her apartment. Her son reportedly often hassled his mother for money.

Schwartz was arrested at the home and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He was scheduled to be arraigned Sunday night at criminal court in Lower Manhattan.

  • in mute nostral agony

    the insect really has not taken his meds again…..disillusions of sheer stupidity.. pleeze calll your mommy and tell her that her insect boy needs his drug quota or hes going to turn into a mothman..oh your such a cute little insect naythong…

  • Snowing in July

    Rudolph Hitler…Rudolph the big nose rheindeer had a lot of money, and if you ever saw him, you would save a penny. Then one rainy 4th of July, Weiner came to say, Rudolph with your nose so wide, won’t you post my pictures with pride.

  • Phyllis

    Listen people, you are making ignorant comments about someone who is obviously mentally ill. Some mentally ill people do live with their parents as they are not able to take care of themselves, and the mental health system legally cannot step in.

    The only way to get help for someone who is mentally ill is they have to be a danger to them self or others. That means they have to hurt some one before the police can get involved.

    Why do I know this? Because my brother has been mentally ill for over 35 years, and my family had to deal with his out of control behavior without much help from the mental health system.

  • Very conservative


  • Scott


  • Space Camp

    That’s it! Ship him off to SPACE CAMP for life. He’s going to the Baikonur Cosmodrome for Astronaut training and then he is going to be booted off to the Moon/Mars, to do time. He’s only 41, he’s still young enough.


    41 years old and still living with mommy in an apartment??

    • scott feingoldstein

      I don’t recall too many houses with front lawns in Manhattan

      • Jew York, JY

        You grew up in the Projects too?

  • Scott

    So you play your albums, and you smoke your pot.
    And you meet your girlfriend in the parking lot.
    Ohh, but still you’re aching for the things you haven’t got.
    What went wrong?
    And if you can’t understand why your world is so dead,
    Why you’ve got to keep in style, and feed your head.
    Well you’re 41 and still your mother makes your bed,
    And that’s too long.

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