A New York City woman turned herself in on Tuesday after being wanted in connection with the death of a famous Broadway singing coach.
Barbara Maier Gustern87 years old, was shoved onto the sidewalk in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on March 10, 2022. The incident happened just about 9:30 p.m. from Gustern’s apartment on West 28th Street and the corner of 8th Avenue, friends. quickly found her outside in the hallway in a pool of blood.
“I’ve never been hit so hard in my life,” the victim told a friend as she lay bleeding and lying on her lap while waiting for first responders to arrive. The large wound on her forehead portends a bad prognosis. Gustern had a traumatic brain injury and her doctors said that if she survived she would never be the same again. The legendary vocal coach succumbed to his injuries 5 days later on March 15, 2022.
Before her death, Gustern gave police a description of her attacker. Also, one cyclist said they witnessed the violence unfold and then helped escort the victim inside the night she was pushed from behind seemingly for no reason. . Gustern also told police that her attacker shouted something offensive when the attack happened.
“We ask the public for help in tackling this heinous and shameful offense against a vulnerable, elderly woman who does nothing but walk the streets. of New York City,” New York City Sheriff James Essig told reporters on the day Gustern died, begging “anyone with any information about this person or her whereabouts” to call police.
According to the NYPD, surveillance footage shows Gustern’s attacker leaving the area and heading west toward 9th Avenue. The woman was tracked to a nearby subway station, where an agency camera The Metropolitan Transport Authority captured a clearer picture of her face. Both surveillance footage and higher definition images were then shared with the public in an attempt to apprehend Gustern’s killer.
Her death was officially treated as a homicide on Monday, March 21, 2022.
By Tuesday afternoon, the search was over.
Accompanied by a lawyer, age 26 Lauren Pazienza of Port Jefferson, NY, a small community on Long Island, turned himself in to the NYPD’s 10th Precinct. In the video of her being led out of Chelsea station, the defendant can be seen covering her face with her hair.
“Hey, why are you doing that?” a reporter shouted but received no reply.
NEW. Police said Lauren Pazienza cursed and then pushed an 87yo woman to the ground. Barbara Gustern later died. Detectives say she tried to evade arrest for weeks: quitting her job, hiding her cell phone, deleting social media and hiding at her parents’ house on LI NBC New York
They also said that she hid near the crime scene for 20 minutes and only left after the ambulance arrived. We found out after the assault the victim told police it was the hardest push she had ever felt. Lauren Pazienza’s attorney called the manslaughter allegation exaggerated and…
Suggesting what happened may have been accidental. Prosecutors have requested no bail. A judge gave her bail, $500,000 in cash. Her parents refused to speak to reporters as they left the court
Sent by Erica Byfield on Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Pazienza, who led officers in the nearly two-week search, has been charged with manslaughter. She was scheduled the same day.
According to prosecutors in Manhattan, the defendant recently lived in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens. She is said to have hid her cell phone with an aunt and then returned to Long Island to hide at her parents’ house for 10 days before turning herself in.
According to a criminal complaint cited by the CW affiliate WPIX, on the night in question, Pazienza called Gustern a “bitch” and “later pushed her as hard as Miss Gustern had been beaten in life.”
Additional details about the consequences were relayed on Tuesday.
According to law enforcement, the defendant remained in the area shortly after Gustern was injured. Pazienza is said to have argued or fought with a man believed to be her fiancé in Chelsea. She is then said to have watched an ambulance drive past.
Police say they received an anonymous text message about the defendant being on Long Island and asked her father about her on Monday. He allegedly said she was not there and refused to allow detectives inside.
Prosecutors said the defendant and her fiancé moved back to Queens for the first time. Pazienza is then said to have made the trip to Long Island to avoid arrest on March 16, 2022 – the day after Gustern’s death. Prosecutors added that in the middle of the night of the attack and when Pazienza was arrested, the defendant took down her wedding website. She is expected to get married this coming June.
Gustern, who previously trained Debbie Harry, singer of the popular New Wave band Blondie, is fondly remembered by family, friends, and colleagues. A close friend who lived next door described the deceased woman as unusually active for someone her age.
“You know, most people at 87 are just content with, you know, doing nothing and waiting to die,” said the neighbor, Robert Petrick told New York City-based CBS leading station WCBS. “But she is at the peak of her power. It’s great. She was very inspirational.”
“Her expertise is open to everyone and everything,” her grandson AJ Gustern previously told the store. “She is one of the most affordable voice coaches in the city because, coming from a small town, she understands how beginners feel.”
Defendant’s bail is set at $500,000.
Gustern’s funeral will be held at a church across from the building she lived in for many years next Saturday, March 26, 2022.
[Image via New York City Police Department/MTA, Image of perp walk via Erica Byfield/NBC NY screengrab]
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