By Charles Rogers
A man allegedly responsible for the murders of at least four shopkeepers and referred to by police and others as a "thrill killer," surrendered at the 75 Precinct stationhouse last weekend, police said.
Larme Price, 30, of Crown Heights, admitted to the vicious killing spree after he at first told detectives that a man referred to as "Dog" was the killer responsible for the execution-style slayings, one of which took place on Avenue N in Mill Basin. After further interrogation, however, Price admitted he was the man responsible, according to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who held a press conference after the suspect gave up.
A spokesman for Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes said Price was arraigned on Monday and remanded without bail, facing six counts of murder, two of which could result in the death penalty because they took place during the commission of a robbery.
The police commissioner said Price walked into the East New York stationhouse on Friday and told detectives they should look for a man named "Dog" and offered to help them track him down. But after the detectives noticed Price had certain characteristics that would indicate he was the suspect, including a peculiar pigeon-toed walk, he broke down on Sunday, saying he had been acting on "urges."
Kelly said Price had apparently killed the shopkeepers — all immigrants — out of a hatred for Arabs after the World Trade Center tragedy. However, two of the murder victims were immigrants of Indian descent, one was from the Ukraine and another was from Yemen.
The series of killings began on February 8 when John Freddy, a 43-year-old store owner was killed on a Saturday morning in his grocery in Ozone Park, Queens. Two hours later, Sukjit (Sammy) Khajala, 50, a store owner of the Around-the-Clock Mini-Market at 5803 Avenue N, was gunned down. On March 10, Albert Kotlyar, 32, was killed in his laundromat in Bedford Stuyvesant and then, ten days later, Mohammed Abdul Nasser Ali, 54, was shot and killed at about 10:30 a.m. as he stood in the doorway to his store at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Buffalo Avenue. His cousin, Yakoob Abdul Aldailam, 22 who was behind the counter, was critically wounded.
In his press conference, Commissioner Kelly said, "One man’s twisted view led to the murder of four innocent people. This department will not tolerate crimes against immigrants or crimes born of bias."
The district attorney’s spokesman said Price is also being charged with four counts of criminal possession of a weapon and two counts of attempted murder.