An 87-year-old woman has been charged with aggravated manslaughterOn March 23, 2022 by editor
The 26-year-old suspect was arrested on Tuesday and charged.
March 23, 2022, 12:21 AM
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A 26-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly hitting an 87-year-old woman on a New York City street earlier this month.
Lauren Pazianza of Port Jefferson, New York, has been charged with murder for involvement in the March 10 incident, police said.
Pazienza has made himself the 10th percentile in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, ABC station WABC reported. He was seen carrying his face out of the 10th precinct with his hair covered and did not answer any questions from reporters about the allegations.
Pazianza was convicted of murder and assault in a New York criminal court on Tuesday. A judge granted him 500,000 in cash or 1 million in bail. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Friday.
Pazigen’s attorney, Arthur Idala, declined to comment on ABC News’ request for comment.
The New York City Police Department said after the incident, Victim was walking to Chelsea on the night of March 10 when the assailant approached him from behind and pushed him, “he fell and hit his head.” He was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition. Her head was hit, her family said.
The victim, identified by authorities as Barbara Mayer Gustern, died of her injuries on March 15, police said.
The NYPD released surveillance video of the suspect walking down the sidewalk as it appeared to be an unpleasant attack calling on the public to help resolve what police said.
“We are seeking the help of the public to address this heinous, disgraceful crime against a vulnerable, elderly woman who was doing nothing but walking the streets of New York City,” NYPD Chief of Detective James Essig said during a briefing last week.
The motive for the attack is still unclear.
Gustern was a well-known and beloved member of the city cabaret scene and a vocal instructor, and his sudden demise has been mourned by the theater community.
“We are waiting for the legal process to begin and for the issue to be resolved,” his grandson, AJ Gustern, told ABC News in a statement. “While we appreciate the affection shown to my grandmother, the family is still grieving. We want respect for our privacy during this difficult time.”