Cops have tracked down and arrested a man in Virginia in connection with the fatal stabbings of three female relatives in their sleep in Queens, police said Saturday.
The 22-year-old suspect, identified as related to the victims, fled to Virginia after leaving a gruesome scene in the single family home on 182nd St. near 146th St. in Springfield Gardens Friday, cops said. Police did not immediately release his identity or the specific location where he was nabbed.
A home health care worker found the bodies of Patrice Johnson, 26, Latoya Gordon, 47, and Hyacinth Brown-Johnson, 65, about 10:40 a.m. Friday all with multiple head and neck wounds, police said. Brown-Johnson had been stabbed in the back as well.
The worker was coming to assist with the care of Johnson, who was bed-ridden and disabled, police sources said Friday. Cops said the victims were murdered in their sleep.
“I can’t get my head working right,” Donna Hewitt, a cousin of Johnson, told a reporter Friday.
“It was hard to believe. And now I’ve seen it, and it is real.”
Detectives recovered a knife in the bathroom of the home. The suspect allegedly fled in Brown-Johnson’s van soon after the murders.
Brown-Johnson and Johnson were found in one bedroom, while Gordon was found in a second bedroom, police said.
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