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Suspect in grandmother stabbing expected to be arraigned today

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: Oct 18, 2013

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Police expect to charge a man in a magistrate’s court today with the stabbing death of a 72-year-old grandmother, Superintendent Paul Rolle said yesterday.

The suspect is a relative of the victim.

Rolle, who is head of the Central Detective Unit (CDU), said although the suspect was arrested at the scene of the crime on Saturday, police did not want to rush the process, which is why he was not charged earlier in the week.

The Nassau Guardian was told that the suspect was still in police custody yesterday.

The victim was identified by her daughter as Vivian Johnson, of Greenway Drive, off Carmichael Road.

She was believed to have been at home alone with her attacker when she was stabbed, police said.

Johnson was stabbed several times in her neck, according to police sources.

She was found on the floor of a bathroom toward the rear of the home around 8:30 p.m., according to police, who believe she died earlier in the day.

Police reportedly found a bloody knife outside the home.

Earlier this week, Superintendent Solomon Cash of the CDU said the suspect is 21, although police initially said he was 37.

Johnson's daughter, who did not want to be identified, said her mother was a retired widow.

Johnson's death marked the 87th murder in the country for the year.

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