NEW YORK (AP) – Two seemingly isolated and random outdoor murders at the height of the holiday season and of the kind New Yorkers have increasingly feared since the pandemic began were blamed by police officials on Monday on a city resident with a criminal record.
New York Police Department Chief of detectives James Essig underscored at a news conference how brief and unplanned were the encounters Roland Codrington is accused of having with two men slashed to death in night-time killings three days apart, resulting in two murder charges.
It was not immediately clear who would represent Codrington at initial court appearances.
The killings come at a time of increased anxiety citywide over random violence.
Mayor Eric Adams recently announced plans for authorities to more aggressively intervene to help people who need mental health treatment, including forcing individuals off streets and subways and into treatment.