The 21-year-old illegal alien charged with killing and sexually assaulting a 92-year-old grandmother in Queens pleaded not guilty in a New York courtroom on Thursday, Feb. 6, Fox News reported.
The officials said the suspect, Reeaz Khan, of Richmond Hill, allegedly assaulted Maria Fuertes and knocked her to the ground in the early morning hours of Jan.6.
A new courtroom date has been scheduled for Feb. 24.
Police said surveillance footage shows Khan came up behind Fuertes, not far from her home, then knocked her to the ground near some parked cars and sexually assaulted her, District Attorney Melinda Katz said. Khan then fled the scene, authorities said.
“This was a senseless, brutal act of violence,” Katz said in a statement. “The victim was found with her clothes pulled above her waist, and near death.”
The 92-year-old woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died of her injuries.
According to prosecutors, he initially told investigators that Fuertes had fallen and he had tried to help her up, but then admitted to having sexually assaulted her. He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Khan has a prior arrest for felony assault involving another family member, after police said he slashed his father in the chest and arm with a broken coffee mug on Nov. 26, 2019.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement demanded New York City hand over information on Khan, who is from Guyana, on Monday, Feb. 3, and claims it issued a detainer request for Khan.
The NYPD denied receiving a detainer, a request by ICE to maintain illegal aliens who have been charged or convicted of crimes for two days following their release so that immigration officials can pick them up, according to Fox News. ICE released a copy of the fax form they sent to New York authorities dated Nov. 27.
Khan was arrested again and charged with the murder of Fuertes less than two months after his release.
During his State of the Union address this week, President Trump claimed that New York’s laws led to Fuertes’s rape and murder.
“If the city had honored ICE’s detainer request, his victim would be alive today,” President Trump said.