The man accused of killing his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend as she pushed their baby in a stroller on the Upper East Side was sent to jail without bail on Saturday for a crime prosecutors called ‘execution premeditated”.
Isaac Argro, 22, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on Saturday night for second-degree murder and second-degree possession of a weapon as the distraught mother and sisters of his alleged victim, Azsia Johnson, looked on.
Johnson, 20, was shot at point-blank range near Lexington Avenue and East 95th Street on Wednesday as she pushed her 3-month-old baby in a stroller to meet Argro, who had recently tried to return to the worker’s home. health. good graces after months of abuse and threats, police and family members said.
Argro was dressed in black and wearing a ski mask as he paced around waiting to kill his girlfriend, Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Brittany DeCesare told Judge Eric Schumacher.
“This case can only be described as a premeditated execution. The defendant persuaded the victim to meet after work and under the guise that he wanted to donate deceased items for their 3-month-old daughter,’ DeCesare said, as the victim’s mother, Lisa DeSort, began to cry inconsolably.
“The accused shot his child’s mother point-blank in the head, keeping her 3-month-old baby crying. [daughter] in the stroller as he ran away,” the prosecutor said.
After committing the heinous murder, Argro called Johnson’s family and asked where his child was while threatening that another unidentified person was “next”, officials said.
“Regarding the release on bail of your honor, the people demand that the accused be remanded in custody. This case can only be described as a premeditated execution,” DeCesare told the judge.
After Schumacher sent Argro back to jail without bail, the alleged killer asked the court for custody and medical treatment.
He is due back in court on July 7 and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
“I thought I could be stronger than I was but I had a little moment of depression because this is the first time I’ve actually heard what really happened in chronological order. “, Lisa DeSort told the Post after the court.
“To be honest, I wanted to jump up and yell ‘coward’,” she explained. “You are not a man, you are a monster. That’s what I wanted to shout.
DeSort said her daughter’s suspected killer was a budding gang member her family dubbed “Angry Bird.”
“Honestly, I let you into my house. I don’t allow anyone to enter my house. I tried to treat you like a son. I wanted you to be a part of your daughter’s life. But you couldn’t be a civilian. That’s all we wanted. That’s all my daughter wanted,” she said when asked what she would tell Argro.
DeSort thanked the NYPD and Mayor Eric Adams for the city’s quick response to the case. Argro was arrested two days after the murder at his apartment building in Brooklyn, which is also home to members of the slain woman’s extended family.
However, the grieving mother blamed the city for ignoring her daughter’s complaints of abuse and harassment. At one point, when Argro threatened to kill DeSort, a domestic abuse counselor dismissed the remark as “free speech,” she claimed.
“I am very disappointed with the borough of Queens. When my daughter reached out, she was abused and assaulted, which has been documented. She reached out and I reached out repeatedly with threats and harassment…we were kind of pushed back and pushed back,” DeSort said.
Johnson’s 3-month-old and other toddler were cared for by extended family members.
“The baby is perfectly fine and in good hands,” DeSort said, across a broad smile. “Both Babies, Actually”