Homeless Man Accused of Stabbing 82-Year-Old Mazie Garris in Custody

By Ben Fractenberg on June 15, 2011 4:41pm 

Police are questioning Larry Brown, 57, on allegations he stabbed his 82-year-old aunt in a Harlem apartment building.
Police are questioning Larry Brown, 57, on allegations he stabbed his 82-year-old aunt in a Harlem apartment building.
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By Benjamin Fractenberg and Michael Ventura

DNAinfo Staff

MANHATTAN — A man accused of brutally stabbing his 82-year-old aunt in the head during a robbery at her Harlem apartment is in custody, police said.

Larry Brown, 57, allegedly slashed Mazie Garris multiple times on Monday in her West 139th Street home on Strivers Row, where she lives with her husband Boatman.

"Oh, I'm so relieved," the victim said, according to the Daily News, upon learning the news.  "That's just great news! Great news!...That man needs to be behind bars for what he did."

Around 9:30 a.m., a woman went to the 32nd Precinct stationhouse and said that Brown was near 137th Street and Lenox Avenue, the News said. A short time later, cops found him.

"I'm the guy you're looking for," he told them, according to the paper. "I was going to turn myself in."

Residents described Brown as a homeless man who often did chores for people around the neighborhood, including his aunt.

Garris "would bring him in and give him food," said neighbor Kate Lewis, 68, who has known the Garris family for decades. "He's their nephew; that makes it worse."

Police said Brown had not yet been charged.

Mazie Garris stumbled out of her home after the attack and then collapsed in front of this basement apartment a couple doors down from her brownstone, witnesses said.
Mazie Garris stumbled out of her home after the attack and then collapsed in front of this basement apartment a couple doors down from her brownstone, witnesses said.
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