New York , Soho man suffocates 92-year-old roommate with pillow, NYPD says

A man was arrested Thursday after police said he suffocated his 92-year-old roommate in SoHo, police said.

Enrique Leyva, 47, smothered his roommate, Veronica Ivins, with a pillow inside their apartment on Sullivan Street, between Broome and Spring streets, shortly before 7 a.m., police said.

Ivins was taken to New York Presbyterian, where she was pronounced dead, cops said.

Neighbors said there were recent issues between Leyva and Ivins.

“We would hear breaking glass, breaking furniture, drinks thrown around, people yelling,” said Brooklyn Lastra, 34, who lives on a floor above them.

“The conditions of the apartment are horrendous. There’s a horrible smell, there are roaches and mice,” Lastra added.

Neighbors had called city agencies, including Adult Protective Services, to report concerns about Ivins’ safety and living conditions, Lastra said.

“This was extremely avoidable. We were trying to prevent it for two years. We called the police several times too,” she said.

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