An 80-year-old Staten Island man's live-in home health aide who lived in his apartment with her 3-year-old daughter is under arrest over four months after he was found murdered with “I touch little girls” and other phrases scrawled on his body.
A neighbor told The New York Post the victim, Richard Raynor, was found dead on July 19 in their building's first-floor hallway in only a pair of pants, which were pulled down.
In addition to the words “I touch little girls” on Raynor’s chest, the Post reported, citing police sources, other phrases written on the body in black marker included “I take dolls in my room for girls age 1-5” on his stomach, and “I touch” on his right foot.
An autopsy determined Raynor died from blunt force trauma to the head and torso.
In an interview with The New York Daily News shortly after the slaying, the victim’s daughter, Carolyn Whetstone, adamantly denied her father had been a pedophile.
“That mess she wrote on his chest is not true,” Whetstone said. “She wrote that on him to justify what she did, which you cannot justify — taking anyone’s life. My dad is not that kind of person. He had cancer and arthritis, so he didn’t even have the physical ability to do that.”
According to the Daily News, Ayarde was previously arrested in Manhattan hours after Raynor’s body was discovered for allegedly assaulting her toddler daughter on a Manhattan street and then attacking a passerby who called 911 to report her, court records show.