NYPD arrest man suspected of killing 3 elderly women

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Woodson Houses in Brownsville. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:00 PM PT – Thursday, January 21, 2021

A 66-year-old New York man was arrested in connection with a series of homicides of elderly women in the same Brooklyn housing complex.

On Thursday, Kevin Gavin confessed to the crimes. NYPD detectives said Gavin knew and was trusted by his victims as he often ran errands for the elderly tenants residing at Woodson Houses in Brownsville.

Woodson Houses, a New York City housing project for seniors and the site of three murders of three women according to authorities is shown, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The last victim, 78-year-old Juanita Caballero, was found with a telephone cord wrapped around her neck last Friday. Throughout the investigation, officers linked Gavin to the deaths of two other elderly women in the building, years ago.

Peter Caballero, son of Juanita Caballero, stands in front of the New York City city housing project for senior where his mother was found dead earlier this month with a telephone cord wrapped around her neck, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In 2019, 83-year-old Jacolia James was found facedown in her apartment with trauma to her head and torso. In 2015, 82-year-old Myrtle McKinny was found dead on her kitchen floor. Officials later discovered a knife wound on the back of her neck.

“The assigned detectives remain in constant contact with the King’s County District Attorney’s Office,” Chief Rodney Harrison said. “And we are working closely together to go forward and bring justice to the families.”

Detectives said the investigation remains ongoing.

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