Man charged with murder in Queens fire that killed woman: police

Posted: 5:17 PM, Sep 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-04 22:11:44-04

QUEENS VILLAGE, Queens — A man has been charged with murder and arson in connection with a Queens fire that killed a woman in a wheelchair late Tuesday night, according to FDNY officials.

Rampersaud Persaud, a 49-year-old man and tenant at the house, is charged with two counts of murder and one count of arson.

Police say there was some kind of argument between Persaud and the victim, 63-year-old Amzin Shaw. It's unknown what it was about. Persaud was a co-tenant with the victim.

The FDNY tweeted out earlier today that they believe the fire was "incendiary."

An FDNY spokesperson told PIX11 that they are questioning someone, calling the fire "suspicious."  The spokesperson could not confirm whether or not the person arrested was a tenant of the house.

The FDNY said the call came in just after 11 p.m. for a fire on the first floor of a private residence at 88-20 219th St., just past Hillside Avenue in Queens Village.

After extinguishing the fire around midnight, firefighters discovered a woman unconscious and unresponsive on the first floor of the home, the FDNY said.

EMS responded to the home and pronounced her dead at the scene, officials said.

Family on the scene identified the woman as 63-year-old Azmin Shaw to PIX11's Jennifer Bisram, and said she used a wheelchair to get around. They fear she was trapped inside the home during the fire.

Police later identified the victim as Bibi Jasmin. Her family explained that she went by Azmin Shaw, as Shaw was her maiden name.

"I'm so shocked to see that this happened to her," an emotional relative of Shaw said. "Very nice woman. My aunt was a beautiful woman," she said.

Authorities said the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death. The FDNY investigation is ongoing.