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Murder charge in Queens Village fire

Former boarder accused of torching wheelchair-using victim’s bedroom

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:02 pm, Thu Sep 19, 2019.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office claims to have a confession from the man accused of murder in the Sept. 3 house fire that killed a Queens Village woman who used a wheelchair.

Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan, in a statement released by his office on Sept. 6, alleges that Rampersaud Persaud, 49, admitted to police that he set the fire that killed Bebe Jaomin, 63, of 88-20 219 St.

Authorities claim Persaud was angry about having been kicked out of the home, where he had been living while dating Jaomin’s niece, back in August.

Hospitalized for unspecified reasons following his arrest, Persaud was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and a single count of second-degree arson via video link before Queens Criminal Court Judge Toko Serita.

Persaud is next scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 3. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

“The defendant — who allegedly admitted to starting the deadly blaze — set out to kill the homeowner after she forced him to vacate her home,” Ryan said. “Instead of being grateful for a temporary place to stay, the defendant allegedly torched the property and killed the woman.”

Multiple published reports state that Jaomin relied on a wheelchair after recently suffering a stroke.

The FDNY and officers from the NYPD’s 105th Precinct were summoned to the house at 11:10 p.m. Firefighters were able to contain and extinguish the fire quickly before finding Jaomin, who lived on the first floor, unconscious and unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel.

According to the complaint, Jaomin in June contacted police stating that Persaud had allegedly threatened to kill her. She had given Rampersaud until Aug. 28, to leave.

Ryan’s statement said at the time of his arrest, Rampersaud allegedly admitted to police that he had set the fire.

Police and prosecutors assert that Persaud is the figure shown in a security video recording made outside the home at 11:10 p.m. He allegedly is seen on video footage carrying a white bottle and walking alongside the driveway of the home.

He is accused of dousing Jaomin’s bedroom with a flammable liquid and setting it alight. The DA’s Office alleges that as he leaves the area flames can be seen coming from the home reflected on the window of a car parked in the home’s driveway.

Jaomin was found was in her bed on the ground floor, having died of smoke inhalation.

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