A Trinidadian was arrested in New York on Wednesday for the murder of his ex-girlfriend – a Corrections Officer. The chilling murder was captured in the video posted below.
Keon Richmond, 33, was grabbed about 1 p.m. as he tried to hide in a closet at the apartment of a friend on East 58th St. in Flatbush, Brooklyn, the New York Daily News reported.
Cops arrested Richmond, not on murder charges, but on charges that he torched a car belonging to a different ex-girlfriend.
Police say he set fire to her vehicle on October 13.
Richmond will also be grilled about the December 4 slaying of Alastasia Bryan, 25.
The rookie correction officer was shot to death as she sat in her car at East 73rd St. and Avenue L and made a phone call near her home.
The gunman, sitting in a car nearby, got out, approached her car and fired five times before fleeing with another man.
A security video captured Bryan’s killer pumping the five bullets into the helpless victim and then fleeing.
Bryan was struck in the head and torso and declared dead at the scene.
Officials said she was getting ready to drive to work.
Detectives are investigating whether the shooter had ties to a Rikers Island inmate and whether Richmond was involved in the plot. A source Wednesday said detectives are still not certain who pulled the trigger.
Cops said the shooter may have had an accomplice who drove the getaway car.
They are confident, however, that Bryan’s murder was unrelated to her job. She was hired in June and assigned last month to Rikers, where she had minimal contact with inmates, sources said.
Richmond has 31 prior arrests and had made past threats to kill Bryan, sources said.
Richmond had subjected a different ex-girlfriend to a series of horrors starting in February, when he broke into her Queens home, cut up her clothing and bleached the pieces, according to a criminal complaint.
On October 18, he broke in again, breaking her TV, cutting several power cords, and stealing her headboard and nightstands, cops said. The next day, he called her and told her, “If I get arrested you better pray,” according to the complaint.
Last year, while Bryan was working as a security guard at Kingsborough Community College, she told police that Richmond tried to run her off the road and two days later threatened to shoot up her home, sources said.
The two broke up recently, according to the sources, and Richmond refused to return to Bryan a BMW she had leased for him. Police arrested Richmond on November 2, as he sat in Bryan’s BMW, which she had reported stolen. He also had 51 forged credit cards in his pocket.
That argument over the car sparked tensions that detectives believe led to Bryan’s slaying.
Bryan’s funeral Tuesday drew hundreds of mourners to a Brooklyn church to pay their respects.
Jail workers from as far away as Massachusetts packed into the church alongside dozens of city correction officers and cops.
Bryan was posted in the Anna M. Kross Center at the jail complex, where she did administrative work. She had only been on the job a month after graduating from the city Correction Academy.
Bryan was still in training and did not even carry a handgun, officials said.
There are reports that Richmond is living illegally in New York.
Richmond has been described as a gang-banger and member of the feared “Pay Back Crips” gang.
Richmond is a native of Trinidad and is in the United States illegally, the police said and although he spent 15 months in a city jail for another offence and was released in June 2013 to Immigration and Naturalization Service officials for deportation, he remained in the country.