Guyanese man claims ‘uncontrollable urges’ in gruesome murder of NY woman

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A Guyanese man accused of murdering a beloved 92-year-old Queens “cat lady” told cops he gets “uncontrollable urges” — and killed her because of pent-up anger at his family, The New York Post reported.

Reeaz Khan, 21, confessed to the heinous slaying of elderly Maria Fuertes after authorities picked him up Thursday night and hauled him to the 106th Preci;nct, where he was arrested and hit with murder and sex abuse charges on Friday, sources said.

Khan told cops that he “was abused his whole life” and upset that he had to move to the US with his family from Guyana a few years ago, a source said.

“He was angry at his father and [claimed] his brothers never liked him,” the source said. “He gets uncontrollable urges, but he never acted out on it. This was the first time.”

Fuertes, who sources say was strangled, was found mortally wounded and lying on the sidewalk at Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill, just a block from her home, around midnight Monday.

Medics rushed the nonagenarian to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but she could not be saved.

Fuertes, who sources say was strangled, was found mortally wounded and lying on the sidewalk at Liberty Avenue and 127th Street in Richmond Hill, just a block from her home, around midnight Monday.

Medics rushed the nonagenarian to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, but she could not be saved.

“Ms. Fuertes is a defenseless, 92-year-old woman, minding her own business, walking down the street when she was brutally attacked,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison told reporters Friday.

Khan followed Fuertes from Liberty Avenue onto 127th Street, where he came up behind her, threw her to the ground and attacked and sexually assaulted her, police said.

“There was some sort of physical contact between the two … causing both of them to fall to the ground. where they landed behind a parked car,” Deputy Chief of Detective Bureau Queens South Joseph Kenny said.

The attack was partially captured on surveillance footage, but Kenny said, “The perpetrator and the victim were out of view for approximately 4 to 5 minutes” before Khan reappeared and ran northbound on 127th Street.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said the victim was found “with her clothes pulled above her waist and near death” and called the slaying “a senseless, brutal act of violence.”

Kenny, who called Fuertes a “fixture in the neighborhood of Richmond Hill” and someone who “took strolls in the evening quite often,” said that the autopsy revealed Fuertes suffered “multiple injuries demonstrating intentional harm.”

A source said Fuertes and Khan did not know each other, but Harrison said that detail remains under investigation.

Fuertes was out in the late night hour picking up bottles from the street as part of her regular routine, according to sources.

Harrison said that Fuertes suffered “contusions around the neck” and “some injuries around her private area.”

Investigators tracked the Khan to his home about a half mile from the scene of the crime using surveillance footage and tips from the community.

Khan’s brother even called police after the NYPD released surveillance footage of a man wanted in the murder to say that his brother is the one shown in the video, according to sources.

As Khan was led out of the 106th Precinct station house in handcuffs Friday, he proclaimed his innocence.

“No, I did not,” Khan, donning a gray hoodie and sweatpants, responded after he was asked by a reporter whether he killed Fuertes.

He faces 25 years to life behind bars if convicted of the crime.

Khan was previously arrested on a charge of assault on Nov. 26 for allegedly slicing his father with a broken ceramic mug inside his Queens home, police said.

The father suffered a laceration to his chest and arm and was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Khan was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment where a temporary order of protection was issued, records show.

Meanwhile, neighbors of Fuertes said she was a lover of cats who often spent time walking around the area collecting cans and feeding felines.

“She was willing take any stray cat,” said neighbor Shantie Ram, 57. “Sometimes she would knock on my door and ask if we’ve seen any cats. She’s a very nice person.”

Ram noted that Fuertes “loved to walk in the nights” and that her son, who works at night, used to repeatedly tell her not to walk around at night.

“She would just go walk up and down the block collecting cans, feeding the cats — just so sad,” Ram said.

Jean Hiralal, 76, who lived next door to Fuertes for seven years, called Fuertes “a lovely lady” who “never bothered a soul.”

“Everybody would call her ‘mommy,’ ‘grandma’ or ‘cat lady,’” Hiralal said. “Just a wonderful soul.”

(Republished from the New York Post)

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