HAMILTON HEIGHTS, Manhattan — Police arrested a woman for a 1990 murder on Thursday night, officials said.
Zunilda Rosario, 48, allegedly killed her former boyfriend Juan Deleon, 19, on Feb. 11, 1990, officials said. Police found him unconscious on the lobby floor of West 150th St. apartment building with nine gunshot wounds to his head and torso.
A witness finally came forward in February 2016 and identified Rosario as the shooter in Deleon’s death, police said
Two people in the building were viewing surveillance footage of the lobby during the shooting, court documents show. They saw Deleon and Rosario come into the lobby.
Rosario moved out of sight of the camera, but no one else came into the building, according to the witnesses. The witnesses heard eight or nine gunshots and ran into another room. When they looked in the lobby again, Deleon’s body was on the floor and Rosario was gone.
Rosario and Deleon had a tumultuous romantic relationship, according to the witnesses. They had two daughters together.
Rosario regularly visited Deleon, but she had been barred from entering after she allegedly threatened him with him a gun and said she wanted to shoot him, court documents show.
Deleon had a third child – a son – with another woman, witnesses told police. Rosario had allegedly threatened to kill Deleon, his son and the son’s mother.
Two day’s after Deleon’s death, police interviewed Rosario, court documents show. She told police a man came into the building, waved around a pistol, shoved Rosario next to Deleon and then shot Deleon. Rosario told police she ran.
She did not attend Deleon’s wake or funeral, according to court documents.
Rosario was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday night after a flight back from the Dominican Republic, sources said.
Rosario, who is listed as living in Providence, Rhode Island, was charged with second-degree murder during her arraignment Friday.