|LaToya Thompson Browne(left), Leah Cuevas(right)|
Leah Cuevas, 42, had a fight with LaToya Thompson Browne over failure to pay her house rent. Cuevas was “pretending to be the house owner” after the building’s real owner died last year (she has been charged for defrauding tenants).
Cuevas was busy collecting rents despite the building’s lack of hot water and scant electricity — and Browne finally got fed up and decided to stop paying rents... She wanted to pack out of the dilapidated Sumpter Street building which made Cuevas furious. Things went so bad that on the night before LaToya Browne was killed, the NYPD had to separate the two women during a fight.
The following night, which was on July 5th, Cuevaswent to Browne's apartment to give her one last chance to pay up her rent. But when she refused, Cuevas attacked her, stabbed her repeatedly in the throat and chest area until she decapitated Browne and scattered her body parts in various locations.
Browne’s dismembered torso was discovered in a woods near the Fire Island ferry terminal in Bay Shore on July 9, authorities said. Her severed legs were found nearby. Days later, the woman’s arms were found in separate yards in Hempstead, about 25 miles west of Bay Shore, and her severed head was discovered at another home on July 17.
She was arrested on Wednesday and facing prosecution.