The suspect, believed to be Yonatan Galvez-Marin, was captured on surveillance footage walking down a street minutes before the fatal Aug. 31 stabbing in Jamaica Hills, Queens.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Sunday, September 4, 2016, 7:10 AM
Cops on Saturday nabbed a 22-year-old man suspected of stabbing a NYPD officer’s aunt to death in a Queens robbery.
Detectives arrested Yonatan Galvez-Marin in the Jamaica Hills neighborhood, where 60-year-old Nazma Khanam’s grief-stricken husband found her bleeding on a sidewalk near their home on Aug. 31.
Police said Galvez-Marin made statements implicating himself in the stabbing of the Bangladesh-born woman after she refused to hand over her money along Normal Road near 160th St.
The suspect lived on the road where the incident took place, about two blocks south of the Khanams’ home on 161st St.
Khanam and her 75-year-old husband, Shamsul Alam Khan, had been walking home after closing their Jamaica Ave. souvenir shop for the evening. Khan, who suffers from asthma, stopped to catch his breath and let his wife go on without him.
Nazma Khanam, 60, was fatally stabbed on Normal Road near 160th St.
(Khanam Family Photo/New York Daily News)
Galvez-Marin confronted Khanam at around 9:15 p.m., after she got ahead of her husband. Khan heard his wife of 45 years scream before finding her mortally wounded.
A funeral service was held for Khanam at the Jamaica Muslim Center on Friday, ahead of her planned burial in Bangladesh.
Her cop nephew was identified as Transit Officer Humayun Kabir, 35, who said on Thursday his “family doesn’t deserve to be going through this.”
Detectives walked Galvez-Marin out of the 107th Precinct around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. He was identified as the Khanam’s alleged stabber after investigators canvassing the neighborhood said he fit the suspect’s description.
Galvez-Marin, 22, faces charges of second-degree murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
He faces a second-degree murder charge, in addition to robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
He has no criminal history in New York, cops said.
Family members decried the killing as a hate crime, noting that no personal possessions were taken during the fatal assault.
Investigators do not believe Khanam’s faith or ethnicity were factors in her killing, an NYPD spokesman said.