The ex-boyfriend of a 20-year-old mother who was shot while walking her toddler has been charged with murder.
The ex-boyfriend of a 20-year-old woman who was murdered while walking her three-month-old baby in a pram has been charged with murder, police said.
Isaac Argro, 22, who was named Wednesday night as a person of interest in the murder of Azsia Johnson in New York City.
He was captured Friday and transported to Manhattan’s 19th district, police said.
At the station building, Mr Argro, who shares a child with Ms Johnson, refused to speak to investigators and asked for an attorney, the New York Post reports.
He was charged with murder and criminal weapons possession, NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a tweet.
Ms. Johnson’s mother, Lisa Desort, celebrated Mr. Argro’s arrest, saying “justice is served,” in a Friday night interview with The mail†
“It won’t bring my girl back. My baby is still in a cold box.” the sad mother added.
When the murder suspect was led out of the police station on his way to Manhattan Criminal Court late Friday, he ignored reporters’ questions.
But when he entered Manhattan Central Booking, he said, “I’m innocent!”
Mr. Argro, of Brooklyn, has been on law enforcement’s radar from the beginning over allegations that he has abused and “stalked” Ms. Johnson in the past, sources and family members said.
According to relatives and police sources, Johnson reported to police on New Year’s Day that her ex had assaulted her at his home in Jamaica, Queens, while she was six months pregnant with his child.
The young mother even moved to a domestic violence shelter in East Harlem at one point because of security concerns, her mother had told Lisa Desort. The mailbut “somehow” [Argro] found out where my daughter lived,” she said.
Despite her fears, Ms Johnson told family members she planned to meet the baby’s father Wednesday night because she “felt bad” that he wasn’t in their daughter’s life, sources and relatives said.
“She was very depressed because her baby didn’t have a father,” Desort said The mail in a separate Friday interview.
“She was like, ‘Mommy, my baby isn’t going to have a father, because of the way he is.
“If he just changed, we could be co-parenting. But I’m even scared to let him keep her,” Desort recalled.
Johnson was on her way to meet her ex when she was shot in the head at close range near Lexington Ave and East 95th Street, police and law enforcement sources said.
Ms. Desort said her daughter had a bad feeling about seeing her ex, but went ahead with it anyway.
“I said your ‘gut tells you not to, so don’t do it — I really don’t think you should hang out with him at all,’” Desort recalled telling her daughter.
“But you know kids are going to do what they want to do.”
Ms Desort, who demanded that the city and police take domestic violence cases more seriously during a candlelight vigil Thursday night, said she had spoken in person with Mayor Eric Adams about becoming a voice for victims of domestic violence.
“I will try to do something against domestic violence,” she said.
“I feel my voice and my experience may help another young woman who is being abused.”
Originally published as Slain’s ex-boyfriend charged with murder