A man faces murder charges after two women were found stabbed to death in Inwood on Tuesday morning.
Police say that at 9:47 a.m. on April 27, officers responded to a 911 call regarding people in need of help at an apartment at 9 Sherman Ave. Upon their arrival, the NYPD found two women,51-year-old Belky Cruz and 37-year-old Jaslynn Pena, unconscious and unresponsive, with multiple stab wounds to their necks and chests.
The victims were taken to NYC Health & Hospitals/Harlem where they were both pronounced dead. The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death for both victims.
27-year-old Kelvin Valdez was apprehended and taken into custody for questioning. He was later charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Though the motive remains unclear, Valdez and Pena have a history of domestic violence, a spokesperson for the NYPD said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Updated at 9:19 a.m. on April 28.