Saturday, October 1, 2016

[Updated] 82-year-old woman found dead; great-grandson in custody for murder

An 82-year-old woman was found beaten to death and bound to a chair inside her apartment in the Lillian Wald Houses on East Fourth Street near the FDR, according to published reports. And now her great-grandson, identified as 23-year-old Gary Bias, is in custody facing second-degree murder and attempted murder charges.

The suspect’s 39-year-old mother was also tied up by her wrists and ankles, but she managed to free herself and call 911, the Daily News reports. When police arrived, they found the body of Ella Mae Bias. (Media reports have identified the family's last name as both Biaz and Bias. The updated reports use Bias.)

Police found Gary Bias in his car just over the Williamsburg Bridge.

amNewYork reports that a law enforcement source says it "appeared there was a family dispute that preceded the incident, however police are still investigating what the nature of the argument was."

Per the Daily News: "A neighbor said he would regularly hit up his great-grandmother for cash after her Social Security checks arrived on the first day of the month."

Updated Oct. 2

The Post reports that Gary Bias "told cops the women were conspiring to kill him." The Post also notes that he "is believed to be mentally ill."


Anonymous said...

Fuck. What is wrong with people? How can one do that to anyone let alone your own flesh and blood? I don't get it. There are so many walking around with undiagnosed mental illnesses, yet they are not seeking treatment and on medication. Or, the man is just plain evil and has no heart or soul. Either way, it is a very tragic ending. So sad. My condolences to the other family members involved. :(

Jail, no bail said...

This is so disgusting. Killing an old lady, a great-grandmother, for a few measly dollars, just so that this guy could hang out on the corner and do nothing. It makes me sick. It seems that some people's depravity knows no bounds.

Scuba Diva said...

It's likely he needed the money to get high, and was frustrated because he was always able to get it before.

It is deplorable, but it happens a lot.

cmarrtyy said...

Society gives people permission to act the way they do. We live in an anything goes world and murder for some measly money is part of it. Today crime is entertainment, fame and financial reward.

Anonymous said...

Can we bulldoze these projects and replace them with better housing already?

Newark has done it with their projects and while there are still problems, there are less of them.

Anonymous said...

Newark? Let's not aspire to be more like Newark please.

Anonymous said...

Actually, let's aspire to be like Newark because Newark has bulldozed the projects and is better for it. They've taken the first step towards creating humanizing housing. I didn't say much safer, but if you're talking safety, yes, it is safer again not by much.

Anonymous said...

What is "humanizing housing"? It's not the housing, it's the people.

Anonymous said...

Give housing to people who need it and throw these "animals" out onto the street..tired of bad people having housing and old people and poor people have nothing..the Newark idea sounds good.