Drifter seen punching woman in NYC subway station killed his own grandmother in the 90s
A homeless man who was captured on surveillance footage beating a woman in a Queens subway station last week was arrested as a teenager decades ago for killing his own grandmother.
The suspect, Waheed Foster, 41, has a long criminal history, including an arrest for beating his grandmother to death in 1995 when he was just 14.
The elderly victim, Ariela Mascha, had 20 broken ribs, a stab wound to the leg and a punctured liver, police said at the time.
The brutal attack was sparked by a fight over money, police said at the time.
He was later convicted in her death, but it is unclear how long he served.
He was living with his grandmother at the time of her death and later confessed to killing her days after the fatal encounter when confronted by detectives about inconsistencies in his story, Newsday reported in 1995. .
Last week, Foster allegedly threw at a woman after she ignored him on a train, police said Monday.
The attack happened just after 5 a.m. on September 20 as the 33-year-old victim tried to leave the northbound A train at the Howard Beach stop without engaging the man, the authorities said. cops.
Foster allegedly chased the woman off the train, attacking her near the subway entrance, cops said.
Judge Denise Johnson ordered Foster to be held without bond during his arraignment, records show.
The victim told ABC 7 that she hadn’t slept in a week as her head throbbed in pain.
« Do you know how scared I am now? » I was never one to be scared,” victim Elizabeth Gomes told the TV station.
She said Foster was inconsistent before the attack.
“He talks about the devil. He talks about a whole bunch of nonsense,” Gomes reportedly said.
Foster was also arrested in 2010 for stabbing a 50-year-old woman in the cheek and shoulder, police sources said. The violence occurred at a mental institution where he punched two other people, according to a lawsuit that stemmed from the incident.
His other prior arrests include busts for assaulting a woman with a screwdriver, criminal mischief, robbery and robbery, the sources said.
In 2004, he attempted to escape from a transport vehicle while being held in state prison, the Post-Standard reported at the time.
Foster has two other criminal cases pending on charges of criminal mischief and petty theft.