A immigrant from Guyana was arrested after trying to behead his wife on the streets of New York City, early Monday morning, December 5th.
A fight began between a husband and wife when the 50-year-old man allegedly confronted the her at the corner of 124th street and 103rd Ave, Queens. He accused his wife, in her 40’s, of cheating with a man she supposedly met online. The argument got heated and the husband pulled out a large kitchen knife and stabbed his wife several times in the chest, shoulders, and hands.
Prem Rampersaud, 50, of Queens, an immigrant from Guyana, was in the process of decapitating his wife on the sidewalk when two witness walked by. One of them mistakenly asked the man if he needed help but was immediately shocked to see that Rampersaud was kneeling over his wife’s body trying to saw her neck with a large knife. The witness said it sounded like he was cutting through bone.
The woman was pronounced dead at the Jamaica hospital.
Rampersaud was arrested a few blocks away by police and the knife was recovered.
Police said Rampersaud gave his wife approximately $9,000 to move to the US from their native Guyana about a year ago and recently joined her in Queens last week after coming to America on a tourist visa. They lived in an apartment together.
The woman who rented them the apartment said, “A mutual friend of ours asked me if I could keep him because he was looking for a job,” said the woman, who requested anonymity. “I tried to help him out. He said his wife was cheating on him, but that was BS.”
She worked at the Oasis cafe for about a month and was doing fine until her husband showed up drunk one night.
A coworker, Nazia Rajpaul, 25, said “He came here on a Friday at 5 p.m. and he was mad drunk. We had to get the bouncer to take him out.”
Rampersaud will be charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
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