ALBANY, N.Y. – A homicide suspect appeared in Albany City Court Thursday.
Police responded to a call for a disturbance around 2:45 p.m. Thursday at 40 Woodside Dr. in Albany. They found 79-year-old Richard Englander unresponsive at the home when they arrived.
He was treated at the scene and taken to Albany Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
A suspect, 35-year-old Sara Moore, is in custody facing a second-degree Murder charge.
Steve Smith, Public Information officer for Albany Police said Moore was recently hired by Englander to be an in-home living helper through a Craigslist ad. Officials said she lived with the victim, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, in his home at 40 Woodside Dr. to help him with day-to-day activities.
TD Bank in Colonie was in contact with the victim regarding a woman who had earlier entered the bank and attempted to cash a personal check from the client's checking account.
Police say while Englander was on the phone with his bank, Moore took the phone out of his hand and that's when an altercation occured. The bank teller heard the fight over the phone and called police.
When police arrived at the victim's home on Thursday afternoon they found him unresponsive with multiple lacerations to his head and neck. He later died at Albany Medical Center.
Albany Police say the Colonie Police Department located Moore on Central Avenue near the TD Bank trying to cash another of the victim's checks. That is when she was brought in for questioning.
Moore was arraigned in Albany City Court and remanded to Albany County Jail.
She was previously arrested in 2001 on drug charges, and was later jailed in 2002 for breaking her probation. In 2011, Moore was arrested in East Greenbush and charged with Petit Larceny and Forgery.
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