The man accused of killing a young mother on Wednesday as she pushed her 3-month-old baby in a stroller on New York’s Upper East Side was remanded without bail on Saturday in what prosecutors said of “premeditated execution,” according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. .
Isaac Argro, 22, was arraigned on Saturday for second-degree murder and two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, court documents show.
The hearing comes days after the shocking murder of 20-year-old Azsia Johnson, who was shot in the head at close range near the intersection of East 95th Street and Lexington Avenue on Wednesday night, reports said. authorities. The suspect, dressed in all black and a ski mask, then fled on foot, police said. The 3-month-old child was not injured.
Argro was arrested and charged with Friday’s murder. In a statement prosecutors read in court Saturday, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office described the attack as a “premeditated execution” and provided other troubling details about the case.
Prior to the murder, Argro persuaded Johnson to “meet with him on the pretext that he wanted to donate the deceased items for their 3-month-old daughter,” prosecutors said.
“The accused arrived without such items, dressed all in black with a ski mask over his face, an outfit which indicated that he had planned ahead and attempted to obstruct his face and conceal his identity” , the prosecutor’s office said. “Video of the defendant prior to the homicide shows him pacing before the arrival of the deceased. The defendant fired point-blank range into the head of his child’s mother, leaving her 3-month-old child crying in the the stroller as he ran away.
CNN contacted Argro’s attorney on Sunday and did not receive an immediate response. He must then appear in court this Thursday, July 7.
The brazen killing, in an upscale neighborhood known for its wealthy residents, came amid heightened concerns of gun violence in New York City as well as a string of nationally high-profile shootings, including supermarket massacres in upstate New York and an elementary school in Texas. In the wake of those shootings, President Joe Biden late last month signed into law the first major federal gun safety legislation passed in decades.
“A woman pushes a pram into the block and is shot at close range. It shows how this national issue affects families,” New York City Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference after the shooting. “It doesn’t matter if you’re on the Upper East Side or East New York, Brooklyn.”
In a statement after Argro’s arrest on Friday, Adams said Johnson’s family “is hurting, they deserve justice and we will get it back.”
Investigators were able to learn the child’s age and other details about Johnson from domestic incident reports that included his name, an official previously told CNN. Reports include her name, those listed as former boyfriends and the name of a second child who was not with her at the time of the shooting, CNN reported.
The mayor previously declined to say the baby’s whereabouts after the shooting, but added that city officials were in contact with family members.
In January, the mayor unveiled a “Blueprint to End Gun Violence,” which includes long-term goals to expand economic opportunity, improve children’s education, and provide better access to mental health resources. in tackling the gun crisis. And earlier Wednesday, state authorities announced they were filing lawsuits against so-called ghost gun retailers in an attempt to prevent the proliferation of mail-order components used to make untraceable weapons that lead to shootings.
On Friday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a bill restricting the concealed carry of firearms in places such as government buildings and schools. It comes after a Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down the state’s century-old law imposing restrictions on carrying concealed handguns outside the home.
Last month, the governor also signed a legislative package tightening state gun laws, including a law that raised the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic rifle to 21.