The New York Police Department (NYPD) apprehended an ex-prisoner suspected of killing shooting his pregnant ex-girlfriend as she left her baby shower in Harlem, New York with her new partner on Thursday, September 16, after a four-day search.
At a news conference, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the arrest of Justin Soriano, 40, for the murder of Shanice Young.
Soriano was apprehended in the Bronx early Thursday, according to authorities. He was charged with homicide, threatening, possessing a firearm, and acting in a child-abusing way.
“Our hope here is that this apprehension begins the process of closure for the family and just as important for the community for this terrible, terrible crime,” Shea said.
In front of her two children, Shanice Young, 31, was fatally shot.
According to police sources, her ex-boyfriend and her current boyfriend were fighting over custody of her unborn child.
According to her bereaved family, she was supposed to give birth this week
“He’s Satan,” said Young’s father, Thurman Young. “Say that’s the one word I used to describe him.”
The top charge against Soriano, second-degree murder, wasn’t enough, and would not bring back his daughter, Young said.
“Is that all?” Young said of the murder charge, his voice rising. “He should be charged with two counts of murder. That baby inside her was a person. That baby was going to live.”
Soriano disregarded reporters’ inquiries and screams of “shame” from a gathering of neighbours after he was detained.
Soriano was convicted of drugs possession in 2008 and of selling a controlled substance in 2011, according to police records.
In 2018, he was freed from jail, and his parole was set to expire in June 2020. According to authorities, he had 17 past offences, including accusations of narcotics possession, weapons possession, and resisting arrest.