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Woman allegedly killed by homeless man she allowed to stay in her home


A woman was shot dead in a broad-daylight attack in Queens, New York, and police allege she was killed by a homeless man who’d been staying at her apartment.

Sydney Lugo, 24, had been arguing with the man, Tariak Stykes, 34, near 109th Avenue and 120th Street in South Ozone Park around 9:20 a.m. on Monday, August 1, when he allegedly shot her in the right arm, cops said.

She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries, police said on Tuesday, August 2.

Lugo, who lived in an apartment building close to the scene, had allowed Stykes to stay with her temporarily, cops said.

The two were arguing when Stykes allegedly opened fire, but the exact nature of their squabble is unclear, police said.

Styles was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.

In February, the Salt Lake City Police Department arrested a 30-year-old man named Eric Jones who is accused of cutting a woman’s throat inside her residence in what appears to be a random attack.


The investigation started just before 5 p.m. on Sunday Feb. 6 when officers responded to 850 South West Temple Street after receiving information about a woman bleeding heavily.


Paramedics transported the victim to a local hospital in critical condition where she received emergency surgery. Doctors upgraded the victim’s condition to critical but stable.

The victim told SLCPD she let Jones, who she described as being homeless, inside her home so he could shower.

At around 1 a.m. on Feb. 11, officers located Jones and later booked him into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on one count of aggravated assault.

No additional information on this case was released at the time this story was published. There are no further updates available on the victim’s condition either.


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