A man accused of murdering his sister and an ex-girlfriend in New York has been captured 16 years after allegedly committing those crimes. United States marshals and local police arrested the 54-year-old man when it discovered that he was hiding in a home in Connecticut. Law enforcement officials believe that the man, who was living in the house with a woman, may have been residing there for a few years.
On Sept. 6, federal prosecutors reported that five individuals who were believed to be members of the Bushwick Crew were facing murder charges, racketeering charges, drug charges and weapons charges. The individuals were also believed to have taken part in a conspiracy to bring heroin into Brooklyn.
On Aug 29, New York authorities charged a Bronx couple with the murder and dismemberment of a 25-year-old woman. Pieces of the victim's body were discovered inside plastic bags strewn throughout the borough in the days leading up to the defendants' arrest.
Unsolved homicides continue to be a major concern in Brooklyn and across the country, putting renewed pressure on police to identify suspects and clear cases. Law enforcement experts and others say that some of the largest cities in America have a crisis of cold cases, long-unsolved murders and other major crimes with no suspect identified. Across the country, the murder clearance rate declined to 59.4 percent in 2016. This represents the lowest figure since the FBI began tracking the rate and indicates that over 40 percent of the homicides in the United States remain unsolved. A case is considered cleared when a suspect is arrested or identified if it is impossible to arrest him or her.
A 66-year-old New York woman was arrested on Aug. 13 for allegedly stabbing to death a British tourist who was visiting her home. Apparently, she claimed the killing was an attempt to vanquish "evil" from her house.
A 25-year-old woman was taken into custody after an altercation between a taxi driver and two other people. Authorities in Brooklyn say that they believe it began when the woman's taxi was cut off by a Nissan SUV. Authorities say that the woman fought with a man and woman, and the victims were treated at the scene of the scuffle. After the fight, the driver of the taxi got back into her cab and struck the SUV while two children were inside.
On Aug. 2, a 61-year-old man was taken into custody on charges related to a 1997 murder of a 29-year-old man in Yonkers. The man was charged with murder for hire, murder in aid of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy. The first two of these charges carry a maximum punishment of the death penalty or mandatory life in prison while the racketeering conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.
On July 31, it was reported that authorities were investigating a 27-year-old man who was accused of killing a New York nurse. The man was taken into custody in Los Angeles after he was accused of sexually assaulting another woman. He was then linked to the murder of the nurse.
On July 23, a New York jury acquitted one defendant charged in the death of a former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The jury remains deadlocked on two other defendants charged with the man's shooting in 2015.
A report from the New York State Police described the suspect in the deadly shooting in Waterloo as having self-inflicted cuts on his wrist and neck when they arrested him. A tip alerted law enforcement to the 58-year-old man's presence at the Cheerful Valley Campground in Phelps a few hours after a shooting that killed a 53-year-old woman and 45-year-old man and injured a 50-year-old woman.