A 29-YEAR-OLD suspect was arrested in connection with a brutal triple homicide in Queens on Thursday, police said.
Travis Blake was caught in Bar Harbor, Maine, nearly a week after three decomposing bodies were found tied inside a house.
Charges are pending against Blake, who was arrested by members of the Regional Fugitive Task Force, as he is extradited to New York, reports NBC New York.
The three people killed were two women – 22-year-old Vashawnna Malcolm and 55-year-old Karlene Barnett – and one man, 36-year-old Dervon Brightly.
According to ABC7 New York, Barnett was Blake’s girlfriend, Brightly Barnett’s son, and Malcolm Barnett’s goddaughter.
All three bodies were discovered on June 24 at their home on 155th Street in Queens.
Brightly’s older sister Natasha told ABC7: “We don’t know when they were murdered.
“They were in the house days before they were discovered.”
Malcolm was found dead on a bed with obvious signs of trauma and stab wounds to her chest in a room on the second floor of the home.
Authorities said the bodies of Barnett and Brightly were discovered in the basement of the South Jamaica home.
Barnett was found with multiple stab wounds and Brightly had head trauma.
Police found the bodies at the scene after receiving a 91 1 call.
The motive for the killings is currently unknown and a court date has not been scheduled.
Blake’s arrest comes after police say he fled the home of the triple murder and made his way to Maine.
He was spotted on surveillance video of a home, according to the Daily Mail.
Anyone with information was urged to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5686985/queens-triple-murder-mystery-queens-basement/ Important update after three decomposing bodies were found bound and brutally stabbed – two remains locked in the basement