A man has been arrested as the person who shot and killed a New York mother at point-blank range while she was pushing a stroller. Officers identified the suspect as Brooklyn resident Isaac Argro, 22–former boyfriend of the slain Azsia Johnson, 20. He is charged with murder, and criminal possession of a weapon.
Isaac Argro, 22, has been arrested and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in regard to the tragic shooting of Azsia Johnson on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. @NYPDDetectives continue to be relentless in their pursuit of justice. pic.twitter.com/0wwD0tarxV
— Commissioner Sewell (@NYPDPC) July 2, 2022
Argro allegedly lured her out on Wednesday, ostensibly to give her things for their three-month-old daughter, according to WABC. Instead, he approached with a ski mask and shot her at point-blank range by East 95th Street and Lexington Avenue, authorities said.
The 20 yo victim, Azsia Johnson, texted relatives she was planning to meet with her daughter’s dad on Wednesday night. She had been assaulted by him while pregnant and she wasn’t sure how much she wanted him involved in their child’s life, police said.
— Liz Donovan (@lizdonov) June 30, 2022
A GoFundMe campaign to support Johnson’s family raised $16,219 of a $20,000 goal as of Sunday.
Her mother Lisa DeSort described Argro as a rage-fueled narcissist who beat Azsia while she was pregnant. His attitude suddenly changed days before the murder, but DeSort said she found this suspicious.
“I even told her, ‘Watch that’ because out of nowhere he started being nice,” she told The New York Post. “He was trying to do something. He’s gonna get what he wants, and this is exactly what he wanted. I know this is what he wanted — to hurt my daughter.”
Johnson, who has an almost two-year-old son from a previous relationship, went to a domestic violence shelter in the fall, her mother told the Post. She considered abortion this time around because she was afraid of Argro, but she could not bring herself to do the procedure even after going to a doctor.
“She came home and she sat down and said ‘I can’t do it, I don’t care Mommy, this is my baby and I’m going to take care of her and I’m going to love her’ and she did,” DeSort said.
— Josh Einiger (@JoshEiniger7) July 2, 2022
Argro allegedly acted hostile at when Johnson tried to bring his daughter into his life. Johnson visited him in Queens after giving birth on March 25, DeSort said.
“‘Mommy I don’t feel comfortable,'” Johnson allegedly told DeSort. “‘I just wanted to see if it would change’ but he was looking at the baby and saying ‘Your mother is such a bitch. Look at your forehead, you have her forehead.'”
[Screenshot via WNYW]
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