NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A man suspected of stabbing his girlfriend to death in their West Village apartment was in police custody Thursday evening.

According to authorities, the 59-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times in the chest and torso inside the couple’s apartment located at 38 Downing St., WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

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The victim was pronounced dead by first responders at the scene, police said.

A 69-year-old man, who police sources said was the victim’s boyfriend, was taken into custody following the stabbing.

Sources told CBS 2 News that a relative of the suspect called police at 6:22 p.m. to report the crime. The relative did not witness the stabbing, but called police from the apartment.

Kate McKeown said she knew the man only as Dennis for nearly 20 years, Haskell reported.

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“I am flabbergasted. I can’t understand. I don’t know,” she said.

Other neighbors described the man as a character who lived in the area his whole life.

A weapon was recovered at the scene. There is no word yet on a possible motive, but police sources said the man may be mentally unstable.

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