NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have made an arrest which may link two separate killings in the Bronx.
Late Wednesday night police arrested Idris Abdul-Muhaymin, 45, on charges of murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon, reports CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge.
Police say Abdul-Muhaymin was wanted in connection with the stabbing death of 45-year-old Wanda Rios inside a Wakefield security company Wednesday afternoon, and also for the death of a man last month who may have been his uncle.
On Wednesday police responded to MNI Security Specialist Inc. at East 233rd and Bronxwood Avenue around 2 p.m. where sources told CBS2 that police found Rios with stab wounds to her neck and a screwdriver next to her body.
She was rushed to the hospital blocks away but was pronounced dead.
A deli employee says she went to his store on the corner everyday, but yesterday she didn’t.
“Her boss asked did you hear anything,” said store owner Abu Serajuddia. “When I asked my I said you see that lady come today? He say no.”
A growing memorial for Rios on Thursday drew people from the neighborhood who knew her and expressed shock at her killing, as well as remorse for the husband and young daughter left behind.
“Why does it have to have to happen to her, what does she do to deserve this?” said Jharleni Castro. “It crushed my heart because it’s like now she has no mother, now her husband he’s hurting upstairs. I don’t even know, why why did this happen?”
Abdul-Muhaymin is also a suspect in a June 11 stabbing death of 73-year-old Owen Dillard, who was found stabbed to death in his apartment in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
“I can’t process this,” said Trina Hook, a family friend. “Why if he done this before, why weren’t the police on all this a long time ago?”
Another nephew told CBS2 Dillard had recently won a $50,000 lottery jackpot.
“He was 73 years old, you didn’t have to kill him,” said Habazz Muhaymin, the victim’s nephew.
Dillard was found by his fiance and leaves behind a son and a daughter.
In the Dillard case, detectives said there were no signs of forced entry, though they said he may have been robbed.
As for Rios, police do not have a motive but say it does not appear to be a random crime.