Union Square murder suspect arrested for shooting woman dead

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Police arrested 44-year-old Clarkson Wilson Saturday morning for the alleged murder of Imani Armstrong in Union Square.
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Police have arrested the man they believe to be responsible for the execution of a young woman in Union Square on Thursday.

Clarkson Wilson, 44, of Blake Avenue in Brooklyn was picked up Saturday for the murder of his estranged ex, 25-year-old Imami Armstrong, who was gunned down Sept. 1.

Armstrong was fatally shot in the head at the corner of East 14th Street and Irving Place at about 5 a.m. on Thursday.

Officers from the 13th Precinct responded to the shooting along with EMS, who pronounced Armstrong dead at the scene.

According to published reports, Armstrong had been walking home from a shift at the nearby IHOP where she worked when she was gunned down. 

Wilson was allegedly the father of Armstrong’s child, the New York Post reported Saturday; police believe Wilson allegedly shot Armstrong in an act of revenge.

Wilson also reportedly had 20 prior arrests and, in April 2021, a woman accused Wilson of domestic violence, the Post reported. 

On Sept. 3, Wilson was formally charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon.