Saturday, February 25, 2012

Schenectedy, NY: Dead identified in murder-suicide

SCHENECTADY — Police on Friday identified the two people discovered dead after a murder-suicide in a Vale neighborhood home.
Police described Rafeena N. Rahaman, 47, as a murder victim. The dead man was Ramcumar Bandhoo, 38. The bodies were found around 1:20 p.m. Thursday inside 6 Mynderse St. shortly after police received a call for a person with a knife in the area, Lt. Mark McCracken said.
Bandhoo fatally stabbed Rahaman, his former girlfriend, multiple times and cut her throat, then
hanged himself with a rope in the closet of a second-floor apartment, authorities said.
The home is near Mohawk Ambulance Service in the city's Vale neighborhood. Neighbors said Rahaman and Bandhoo were Guyanese immigrants.
One neighbor, who declined to give his name, said he had let Rahaman use his cell phone around 1:25 p.m. Feb. 15 to make an emergency call after she dashed from her house in only her nightgown frantically screaming, "Somebody help me, he's going to kill me."
His wife, who also refused to give her name, said Rahaman always kept to herself. "She was a very sweet person and didn't bother anybody," said the neighbor, who believed Rahaman worked as a hotel supervisor in the area.
The couple recounted Bandhoo had left by the time police responded but that they saw the man back at the home days later. They said Rahaman told them he grew angry when she told him she planned to go downstate to visit her children.
As a result of the altercation, Bandhoo was charged with unlawful imprisonment and menacing but was released on bail by a City Court judge, authorities said.

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