[Photo last night by Frank Franca]
The mother of Jamie Pugh, the 20-year-old suspect in the beating death of 68-year-old Ruan Wen Hui, told DNAinfo today that someone slipped the club-drug Molly into his drink last Friday evening while partying.
"He wasn't in his right state of mind," Charlotte Pugh-Douglas said before her son's arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court today.
Police arrested Pugh early yesterday morning. He has reportedly been charged with second-degree murder, robbery and assault.
Per the report in DNAinfo:
Pugh didn’t even know about the attack until one of his friends showed him the chilling surveillance footage over the weekend and said the attacker looked like him.
"When he saw the video, it killed him inside. It hurt him. He was crying all weekend. He knows it's him. He just didn't remember," Pugh-Douglas said.
Hui, a retired garment worker who lived on Avenue C and East Seventh Street with his wife, died from his injuries Saturday night. He had just dropped off his two granddaughters after a trip to a nearby playground when the attack occurred.
Police have said that it was an attempted robbery. Pugh has prior arrests for robbery and drugs, according to published reports.
CBS New York reports that a judge ordered Pugh to be held without bail.
As the victim lay dying on the sidewalk, Pugh allegedly continued down the street and yelled, “This is my block,” police said.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: East Village resident dies from injuries sustained in brutal attack (25 comments)
[UPDATED] Reward for info on East 6th Street assault; plus video of the attack (34 comments)
[Updated] Family mourns Ruan Wen Hui as police hunt suspect in deadly assault on E. 6th St.