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Serial killer of "grandmothers" caught in NYCHA building in Brooklyn | The State

Kevin Gavin was arrested on suspicion of murdering three women in a NYCHA housing complex for seniors in Brooklyn, on a criminal range dating from 2015 to last week.

Gavin, who has several previous drug-related arrests, was linked to the homicides in the “Carter G. Woodson” residential complex, at 393 Powell St., Brownsville.

The 66-year-old suspect lived in the building and was familiar with the other tenants. He often ran errands for several of them, according to Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison.

NYPD believes it may have killed the victims due to discussions about money. “I know how devastating these losses have been for the people of Brownsville,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “The defendant took advantage of his relationship with these women.”

The most recent homicide Gavin was charged with was that of Juanita Cabarello (78), found dead with a telephone cord wrapped around the neck on the floor of his apartment, on January 15.

Previously, on April 30, 2019, Jacolia James (83) was found dead face down inside her apartment with “Very suspicious injuries” to the head and torso, said the police.

On November 9, 2015, Myrtle McKenney (82) was found unconscious by her health aide lying on the kitchen floor of her apartment. His death was initially said to have been due to natural causes, but funeral home workers later found a stab in the back of your neck, detailed Pix11.

Before the announcement of the arrest by the NYPD, Councilwoman Inez Barron asked NYCHA to expedite the installation of surveillance cameras. “What we had previously asked for was that we get security improvements in this development. Security, that is, personnel who are trained, respectful and committed to their work and, of course, cameras ”.


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