A New York man is behind bars after police say he’s responsible for at least three deaths.
CBS New York reports that 66-year-old Kevin Gavin is accused of killing three people who lived at the Carter G. Woodson Houses in Brooklyn. The killings happened between 2015 and 2021, according to officials.
Gavin, who lived in the building, worked as a handyman and knew several tenants.
“Mr. Gavin was familiar with many of the residents in the building and ran errands for some of the elderly tenants who resided at that location,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison said.
NBC New York reports that the first victim was identified as 82-year-old Myrtle McKenny. Healthcare workers found her deceased in December 2015. Although officials initially thought she died from natural causes, funeral undertakers noticed a stab wound on her neck. The case was then classified as a homicide.
Investigating a recent homicide, your @NYPDDetectives connected it to the deaths of 2 other seniors in the building dating back to 2015.
Today, because of your NYPD detectives’ relentless investigatory work, we announce that 1 man is being charged with all 3 of these murders. https://t.co/B1jFm5krEn
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) January 21, 2021
The second death happened in 2019 when Jacolia James’ grandson found her deceased in her home in the Powell Street building. The grandson, who told police he saw his grandmother four hours prior alive and well, noticed trauma to her head and torso area.
On Friday, Juanita Caballero’s son found her deceased in her home at the Powell Street building, with a phone cord wrapped around her neck. The 83-year-old’s death resulted in authorities linking Gavin to the other deaths.
“What we believe is, it sounds like the reason he might have committed these acts is over an argument over money or finances,” Harrison said.
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