2012-10-19 / Top Stories

Slay Landlord Busted In Maryland

By Howard Schwach


Police units outside the Seaspray Avenue home where Shah-Boguwalski was murdered in early October. Police units outside the Seaspray Avenue home where Shah-Boguwalski was murdered in early October. The Arverne by the Sea landlord who is a person of interest in the slaying of a Rockaway woman on October 2 has been arrested in Baltimore, Maryland by police who spotted his flagged license plate, police sources say.

Baltimore police say that Keith Howard, 63, was driving in Baltimore on Monday, October 15 when his license plate, flagged by New York City detectives, was spotted by an automatic plate readers on a Maryland highway.

After a short chase, the Baltimore cops collared Howard and found that he was armed with a loaded 9 millimeter handgun. Howard is wanted in Rockaway as a person of interest in the stabbing death of Karla Shah- Boguwalski, 39, who, along with her husband, rented an apartment from Howard on Seaspray Avenue in Arverne. On October 2, Boguwalski’s husband called cops and said that his wife had been missing for a few days.

Police searched the second floor of the two-family home and found a blood trail in a hallway, leading from Boguwalski’s apartment to Howard’s bathroom, where the body of the woman was found with several stab wounds to her neck.

Neighbors told The Wave that Howard was an absentee landlord who lived in Florida and “was never around very much.”

Sources said, however, that the woman and her husband had complained to police that Howard sometimes walked in on them in their apartment without notice.

Local police said that detectives and the crime lab were “still developing forensic evidence” in the case.

Citywide police sources told The Wave on Tuesday that Howard remained in Baltimore, being held on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon.

Detectives from New York City travelled to Baltimore to interview Howard, for whom they had been looking since the murder.

Experts say that New York City will have to come up with evidence that Howard was involved in the murder if they want to extradite him from Baltimore to face charges in Queens Criminal Court.

A spokesperson for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said on Tuesday that Howard “has not been arrested or charged in the New York case as yet.”

If New York cannot make a murder case against Howard, sources say, he will be tried in Baltimore on the gun charge and for resisting arrest.

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