NYC: Guyanese man charged in NY with killing 92-year-old woman

Reeaz Khan (centre) (New York Post photo)

Reeaz Khan (centre) (New York Post photo)

Khan told cops that he “was abused his whole life” and upset that he had to move to the US with his family from Guyana a few years ago, a source said, according to the New York Post.

“He was angry at his father and [claimed] his brothers never liked him,” the source said. “He gets uncontrollable urges, but he never acted out on it. This was the first time.”

Fuertes, who sources say was strangled, was found on the sidewalk at Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill, just a block from her home, around midnight Monday.

Medics rushed the woman to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but she could not be saved.

“Ms. Fuertes is a defenseless, 92-year-old woman, minding her own business, walking down the street when she was brutally attacked,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told reporters Friday, according to the report.

Khan followed her from Liberty Avenue onto 127th Street, where he came up behind her, threw her to the ground and attacked and sexually assaulted her, police said.

“There was some sort of physical contact between the two … causing both of them to fall to the ground where they landed behind a parked car,” Deputy Chief of Detective Bureau Queens South Joseph Kenny stated.

The attack was partially captured on surveillance footage, but Kenny said, “The perpetrator and the victim were out of view for approximately 4 to 5 minutes” before Khan reappeared and ran.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said the victim was found “with her clothes pulled above her waist and near death”.

Fuertes was out in the late night hour picking up bottles from the street as part of her usual routine, according to sources.

Harrison said that Fuertes suffered “contusions around the neck” and “some injuries around her private area.”

The report said that investigators tracked Khan to his home about a half mile from the scene of the crime using surveillance footage and tips from the community.

Khan’s brother also called police after the NYPD released surveillance footage of a man wanted in the murder to say that his brother is the one shown in the video, according to sources.

As Khan was led out of the 106th Precinct station house in handcuffs on Friday, he proclaimed his innocence.

“No, I did not,” Khan, donning a gray hoodie and sweatpants, responded after he was asked by a reporter whether he killed Fuertes.

He faces 25 years to life behind bars if convicted of the crime.

The report said that Khan was previously arrested on a charge of assault on Nov. 26 for allegedly slicing his father with a broken ceramic mug inside his Queens home, police said.

The father suffered a laceration to his chest and arm and was hospitalized with minor injuries.
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  • the only  On 01/13/2020 at 10:11 am

    IF FOUND GUILTY D.O.T.S. (death on the spot).

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 01/13/2020 at 1:33 pm

    Not even at 92 years old can a woman feel safe from sexual assault.

  • guyaneseonline  On 01/15/2020 at 4:57 am

    Guyanese immigrant was left on street to rape, murder Queens woman, 92
    Jan 15, 2020 News

    ICE blames NYC sanctuary policy…

    The NYPD ignored a federal request to surrender an illegal Guyanese alien busted for assaulting his father, leaving the twisted suspect free to rape and kill a beloved 92-year-old Queens woman six weeks later, federal officials charged Tuesday.

    Reeaz Khan, 21, was arrested and charged with the death of Maria Fuertes, 92, on Friday after his brother called the cops and ratted him out. (Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

    Accused murderer, Reeaz Khan, 21, remains jailed on Rikers Island in last week’s savage and deadly assault on Maria Fuertes as the helpless old woman scavenged for returnable bottles and cans to collect a few extra dollars.
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say they targeted Khan following the November attack on his dad with a broken coffee cup, only to get the cold shoulder because of the city’s sanctuary policies.
    “Clearly the politicians care more about criminal illegal aliens than the citizens, they are elected to serve and protect,” said Thomas Decker, field office director for ICE’s enforcement and removal operations.
    “It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back on the streets, and now he faces new charges, including murder.”

    Maria Fuertes was strangled to death outside her Queens home. (Obtained by Daily News)

    Khan was arrested on November 27, last, by the NYPD for assault and criminal possession of a weapon after he went after his father with the ceramic mug, cutting his dad in the chest and the arm.
    ICE officials quickly filed a detainer with city officials, asking for the surrender of the suspect for possible deportation.
    But Khan was instead arraigned and released, leaving him on the snow-covered streets of Queens at the same time that Fuertes was walking through Richmond Hills shortly after midnight on January 6.
    His own brother called police to identify Reeaz as the suspect after a video of the horrifying incident was released by police.
    The sobbing, sniffling suspect denied any part in the elderly woman’s death during an exclusive Rikers Island interview with the Daily News.
    “I’m crying about this too,” said the suspect in the heinous crimes. “I had a grandma that I took care of. I’d wipe her eyes, carry her, and take her to doctors’ appointments. I would never hurt an elderly woman.”
    Decker said his agency filed a second detainer with the NYPD in hopes of taking Khan into custody following the murder arrest, adding that the suspect was an “unlawfully present Guyanese national” while taking a shot at city policy.
    New York’s sanctuary status “repeatedly protects criminal aliens who show little regard for the laws of this nation,” said Decker.

  • Kman  On 01/15/2020 at 10:01 pm

    The brother didn’t rat him out, he did the right thing period!

  • Trevor  On 01/15/2020 at 10:15 pm

    If he migrated to the USA on a permanent resident, why is he being treated as an “alien”?

    Should we call Deedra Moe of Exxon an “illegal alien”, or Kimberly Brassington, a former “illegal alien”?

    Reeaz Khan went to America as a PR, and thus, he is a resident of the USA. He isn’t an “illegal”. Stop with the blaming of Guyana on this incident. ICE is also allowing vigilantes to harass Mexicans for speaking Spanish, so I doubt that the source is credible from ICE.

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