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Police have arrested the former boyfriend of a woman who was shot to death in the head earlier this week while walking the pair’s 3-month-old child in Manhattan.
According to ABC New York, authorities on Friday announced the capture of 22-year-old Isaac Argro in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Azsia Johnson on Wednesday night.
Argro has been charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell tweeted. Investigators had identified Argro as a person of interest early in the case, as he had allegedly stalked and abused Johnson previously.
Isaac Argro, 22, has been arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in regard to the tragic shooting of Azsia Johnson on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. @NYPDDetectives continue to be relentless in their pursuit of justice. pic.twitter.com/0wwD0tarxV
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) July 2, 2022
In one instance, Johnson told police that Argro assaulted her at his home in Queens on New Year’s Day while she was six months pregnant. There is no record that an order of protection was filed, CBS News reports.
Johnson moved to a domestic abuse shelter for safety but Argro reportedly was still able to find her, according to an interview Johnson‘s mother, Lisa Desort, gave to the Post.
Johnson was reportedly planning to meet Argro on Wednesday because she wanted him to play a role in their child’s life, even though she was scared of what might happen at the meeting.
“She was really depressed about her baby not having a father,” Desort told the Post.
“She was like ‘mommy, my baby’s not gonna have a father, because of the way he is. If he would just change we could co-parent. But I’m even scared to let him keep her,’” Desort added, according to the newspaper.
Desort told the Post that Johnson’s instinct was to not meet with Argro, but she decided to do it anyway. Investigators believe Argro shot and killed Johnson as she was heading to the meeting.
Johnson was pushing the pair’s 3-month-old in a stroller when Argro allegedly walked up behind her and shot her at point-blank range in the head. The gun was so close to her face that it left burn marks, WABC-TV reports.
There also is reported video evidence linking Argro to the scene both before and after the execution. Sources told the Post that Argro has refused to talk with police and has asked to consult with an attorney.
In response to reporters’ questions at Manhattan Central Booking, Argro reportedly said, “I’m innocent,” the Post reports.
Despite Argro’s arrest, Desort said she continues to feel a sense of loss with her daughter gone.
“My baby is still in a cold box,” Desort told the Post.
At a vigil on Thursday, Desort told mourners that more could have been done to protect her child.
“I need you to know that the city right now and the state failed my daughter,” Desort said, according to CBS News.
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