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Queens Chronicle

First arrest made in Talasia Cuffie murder

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:43 pm, Thu Dec 5, 2019.

A Jamaica man has been charged with allegedly luring 17-year-old Talasia Cuffie to the address in South Jamaica where she was stabbed to death on Nov. 15.

According to information released by the NYPD, Tyler Caldwell, 20, of 110th Road was charged with conspiracy and criminal facilitation following his arrest on Nov. 19.

Speculation had been that the teen’s murder might have been connected to the Oct. 26 killing of Aamir Griffin, 14 as he played basketball on the court at the Baisley Park Houses. Cuffie, who’s lived in Long Island City, had lived with Aamir’s family in the past and was close to the boy.

But the New York Daily News, citing a criminal court complaint, reported that Caldwell allegedly lured Cuffie via text message to the address on 166th Street where she was killed, allegedly knowing that her suspected killer and Cuffie’s ex-boyfriend would be waiting for her shortly before 10 p.m.

Both the News and the New York Post quoted the complaint in asserting that the woman who allegedly stabbed her bragged about the crime to Caldwell the next day.

“The b----h is dead. I poked her twice,” she allegedly told Caldwell.

Caldwell is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear back in court on Dec. 2. The other two people remain at large.

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