Parolee Charged in Belmont Mother’s Murder

By Sasha Gonzales
sgonzales@bronxjusticenews.com

An ex-con convicted of manslaughter two decades ago was charged with murder Tuesday in the killing of a Belmont mother, authorities said.

Asun Thomas, 46, surrendered to NYPD detectives after police publicly released surveillance images showing him outside the victim’s building.

Thomas is accused of killing Luz Perez, 40, a mother of five, by strangling her inside her Belmont apartment in October. She was found dead by two of her kids, authorities said.

Records show Thomas served more than 15 years for a manslaughter conviction in 2000. He was released on parole in 2016.   

Thomas was awaiting arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney.

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Sasha Gonzales is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering breaking news and crime. A Bronx native, Sasha is an avid photographer, museum-goer, and reader. She lives in Kingsbridge.