NEW YORK - A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with the brutal attack, possible sexual assault and death of a 92-year-old woman in Richmond Hill.
The NYPD made the announcement via Twitter.
"Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the @NYPD106Pct Detectives and Queens South Homicide Squad, I'm pleased to announce that we've taken this suspect into custody," wrote Chief Rodney Harrison.
Maria Fuertes was reportedly strangled while out for a walk around the block from her home Monday night, sources told the NY Post.
The suspect, identified by police as Reeaz Khan, allegedly approached the eldery Fuertes from behind. A struggle ensued and both fell behind a parked car. The suspect was seen running northbound along 127th Street as Fuertes lay on the ground, going in and out of consciousness, according to police. She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Fuertes sustained injuries to her neck, back and genital area.
Cops had released photos and surveillance video of the suspect along with a $2,500 reward.
According to police, the pair did not know each other.
Khan had been recently arrested for assaulting his father with a broken ceramic mug, but was released on his own recognizance.