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Parolee Terrence Moore is second suspect arrested in murder of New York woman Maria Hernandez: cops

A second suspect, who is on life parole for murder, has been arrested in connection with the chilling death of an elderly woman who was found bound and gagged in her Upper West Side apartment last week, police said Wednesday. .

Terrence Moore, 53, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder and burglary in connection with the murder of Maria Hernandez, 74, at her West 83rd Street home last week.

The arrest came just hours after police released a CCTV image of the suspect.

Police said Tuesday that video footage viewed by investigators but not released to the public shows Moore entering the 74-year-old victim’s building on West 83rd Street with previously arrested murder accused LaShon McKee.

Maria Hernandez's apartment building at 126 West 83rd Street.
Maria Hernandez, 74, was killed in her apartment at 126 W. 83rd St.
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Separate footage shows him entering the Brooklyn apartment where McKee, 47, was staying, police said.

State corrections records show that Moore was held in state prison from 1990 to 2017 on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, weapons possession, and prison smuggling.

According to the documents, he was sentenced to life parole.

Moore gave the police the address of a homeless shelter in Crown Heights, just a few blocks from McKee’s address.

Lachon Makki, 47, was the first suspect to be arrested in connection with the murder.
Lachon Makki, 47, was the first suspect to be arrested in connection with the murder.
Daniel William McKnight

McKee also has a criminal record: Records show he was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2000 on charges of first-degree assault and served almost 20 years before his release in 2019. He maintained his innocence.

The victim in that case was stabbed 15 times and left lying in the middle of a Brooklyn street with “intestines hanging from his body,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Maxine Rosenthal said during McKee’s arraignment on Sunday.

McKee, the former superintendent of the Hernandez household, was held without bail in connection with her murder.

Family photo of Maria Hernandez.
According to the city medical examiner, Hernandez died of asphyxia.
Family photo

Hernandez’s badly beaten and wounded body was found by her sister Maria Terrero when she went to check on her around 9:30 p.m. on January 18, according to police.

Hernandez was left lying face down on the bedroom floor in her ransacked home, according to police and police sources. She was gagged, had sheets and clothes scattered all over her body, and had her hands and feet tied.

Police said the apartment was searched, and an autopsy by a medical examiner later determined that Hernandez had died of asphyxia.

“She had extensive injuries, including bruises and abrasions on her face, arms, back, as well as lacerations in both the vaginal and rectal areas,” Rosenthal said at the time of McKee’s arraignment.

“It was clearly a premeditated crime when the defendant went down to the basement before the attack to break into the supervisor’s office and dismantle the surveillance systems located there,” the ADA added to Judge Felicia Mennin.

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