A man in Staten Island allegedly stabbed a 63-year-old woman to death and then slashed a neighbor who tried to help her. Geetha Howie suffered over a dozen stab wounds to her face and body not far from her home on Monday afternoon. The suspect: Dantey Moore, 27.
According to WABC, Moore was confronted by Howie’s neighbor, 56-year-old Mark Long. Moore reacted by stabbing that man in the arm.
“The hand was going up and down ... his hand was holding a knife and that’s when I realized he’s stabbing and I said, ‘Hey, stop!’” Long told the New York Daily News. “The guy stood up, he lunged at me, swung his knife out. He scored me in the arm. [...] All I could think about is keeping his attention away from the woman. I just kept asking him, ‘What’s going on? What are you doing? Why are you hurting her?’"
When police arrived, they saw Moore cradling Howie in his arms. A knife was on the ground and Moore’s hands were full of blood, according to police. Long was treated for his injury and released. Howie was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Now, Moore now faces murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon charges. It is unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. Police do not think he knew the victim. There is no clear motive though police suspect that Moore may have possibly been on drugs.
Two of Moore’s sisters told the New York Daily News that their sibling has been hospitalized for using PCP in the past.
“His anger was just building, building,” Moore’s sister Cynthia Toye told the publication adding that he recently had been fighting with his girlfriend.
Moore has a lengthy rap sheet: 34 arrests that date back 2007, according to WABC.
Howie’s family is now reeling from her sudden death.
It’s just a rough situation,” her son-in-law Daniel Fazzina said. “She was an amazing woman. She loved her granddaughter.”