The New York Police Department (NYPD) recounted evidence of three murders that led to one suspect: Kevin Garin. Kevin Garin was a well known man in the complex for running errands for the building’s residents. Garin confessed to all three murders at the virtual arraignment.
He allegedly murdered them all at the Carter G. Woodson Houses, a senior housing complex. Since Garin ran errands for the building, he knew the residents well, but the murders were unexpected.
According to the CNN article, “NYPD arrests man for three murders at Brooklyn senior housing complex,” NYPD Chief Harrison said,
“The first victim, Myrtle McKinney, 82, was discovered in November 2015 with a stab wound to the neck. That case had remained open with “very few investigative leads” until April 2019, when another woman, 83-year-old Jacolia James, was discovered dead.”CNN article, “NYPD arrests man for three murders at Brooklyn senior housing complex”
Forensic evidence pointed to the possibility of the suspect being Kevin Garin, however it was all connected after the third and final death. 78-year old Juanita Caballero was found dead after being strangled by a telephone cord on January 15, 2021. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez found a connection between all three cases through Kevin Garin’s criminal complaint.
A criminal complaint is statement of essential facts about a crime(s), which are filed in Court. If the evidence is sufficient to contest, a complaint is filed. Garin’s complaint stated how “pushed Myrtle McKinney into a table where a steak knife was located and it punctured her,” and “choked Jacolia James and stomped on her neck three times,” as well as using “a phone cord wrapped around Juanita Caballero’s neck.” Gonzalez connects them by linking how Garin “took advantage of his relationship with these women who allowed [him] into their homes, and did unspeakable acts of violence against them.”
Gonzalez is confident that the jury will indict Kevin Garin as investigators continue to look into other incidents that could have involved Garin. According to NYPD Chief of Housing David Barrere, four cameras were installed in the lobby of the building. Although the original plan was to install 65 cameras, the pandemic caused a stricter budget.