Elderly Staten Island Woman Found Dead in Apparent Homicide, Son Arrested for Murder

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department announced on Friday that an elderly woman in Staten Island had died as a result of a homicide and that her son had been charged with murder.

Rosalie Sutera, 82, was found dead in her home on Wolcott Ave. in Eltingville on Jan. 17, according to authorities. Although no obvious signs of trauma were initially found, the city Medical Examiner later ruled her death a homicide.

The police arrested 59-year-old Carl Sutera on Tuesday and charged him with murder. He appeared in Staten Island Criminal Court, where he was ordered to be held without bail and remained in custody at Rikers Island as of Friday night.

The circumstances surrounding Rosalie Sutera’s death were still under investigation, and the police did not immediately provide additional details.

The news of the homicide sent shockwaves through the neighborhood, leaving residents in disbelief. Many described Rosalie Sutera as a kind and gentle woman, making the circumstances of her death even more heartbreaking for the community.

As friends and neighbors mourned the loss, they also expressed concerns for the safety and well-being of the elderly population in the area, calling for increased vigilance and support for vulnerable members of the community.

The tragic incident served as a reminder of the need for stronger community ties and resources to ensure the protection and care of senior citizens, particularly those living alone or with limited support systems.

The police urged anyone with information about the case to come forward, emphasizing the importance of community cooperation in solving the crime and delivering justice for Rosalie Sutera.