(NY DAILY NEWS) -A deranged man fatally stabbed a Staten Island grandmother just a block from her home Monday afternoon and then cradled the dying woman’s body until police arrived, authorities said.
Dantey Moore, 27, repeatedly knifed Geetha Howie, 63, in her face and chest, then slashed a neighbor who rushed outside to help, cop sources said.
Moore suffered from bouts of rage, and had been hospitalized for abusing the drug angel dust, two of his sisters told the Daily News.
The assailant has been arrested 34 times since 2007, and he’s been busted in several domestic violence-related incidents, police sources said.
Neighborhood resident Mark Long said he heard screaming about 2:15 p.m. and went outside, where he encountered a horrific sight.
“The hand was going up and down … his hand was holding a knife and that’s when I realized he’s stabbing and I said, ‘Hey, stop!’” Long recounted. “The guy stood up, he lunged at me, swung his knife out. He scored me in the arm.”
Medics took Howie to Richmond University Medical Center, where she died about an hour later. He now faces charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and murder, police said.