A Finkelstein Memorial Library patron pulled out a knife on Tuesday and stabbed to death a security guard who had asked him to turn down his music, which he was listening to through earphones, CBS New York reported.
The incident took place at about 2 p.m., police said, on the third floor. When officers arrived, they found patrons holding the suspect down while others tried to stem Sandra Wilson’s bleeding and perform CPR. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she died, police said.
Blanchard Glaudin, 25, has been charged with second degree murder and is being held without bond. He was reportedly a regular at the Spring Valley library, where Wilson had worked for almost 10 years, ABC 7 reported.
Other workers in the suburban New York library said Glaudin had prior interactions with the 52-year-old Wilson, a mother of three who had recently welcomed her first grandchild.
“He would harass her, she would tell me that one day he asked her to be his girlfriend, and she was like no – he was constantly bothering her,” said Abigail Jean-Marie. “I didn’t think anything of it at the time. He was just a very strange person that would come into the library.”
Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica told ABC 7 that Glaudin confessed and showed “no remorse at all.”
“They couldn’t save her, they came out and said they couldn’t save her,” Shirley Wilson, the security guard’s mother, said. “I just can’t believe she’s gone.”
“I have to forgive him, because if I don’t, I be hating him,” she said. “And hate make you do crazy things, so I have to forgive him.”
Glaudin is due back in court on February 24.
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[Featured image: Blanchard Glaudin/Spring Valley Police Department]