Woman murdered Friday night; person of interest taken into custody

Stanley Robinson Jr. (center) has been charged with murder.
7 S. Grand Avenue

 POUGHKEEPSIE – A woman was killed in her home on Friday night and the City of Poughkeepsie Police have a “person of interest” in custody.  The murder of the woman took place on South Grand Avenue.

City 911 received a report of an unresponsive woman at 7 S. Grand Avenue at approximately 11:31 p.m. on Friday night.  Arriving first responders determined that the woman had been murdered.  The initial police investigation identified a “person of interest.”

Evidence indicated that the man they were looking for had left the scene in a car.

A few minutes later, City 911 received a call from a motorist who had been sideswiped near Main Street and Columbus Avenue.  As police responded to the accident, other officers sought the wanted man at his residence at 31 Hoffman Street.

Upon arrival, an officer knocked on the window and called the man by his first name of “Stanley” and told him to exit the residence.  The man came out of the house and officers immediately noticed that he was wearing a blood-stained shirt and had a laceration on his hand.  The man was held at the scene for several minutes until an ambulance from Mobile Life could respond.  The man was triaged at the scene and transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

Officers secured and investigated the Hoffman Street address and discovered the man’s black Nissan sedan in the driveway.  It is believed to be the vehicle that sideswiped the other vehicle near city hall.  There was blood on the steering wheel and driver’s seat of the car.

After treatment at the hospital, the man was going to be brought to police headquarters for questioning by detectives, according to Lieutenant Sean McCarthy.

It took officers approximately one hour from the time they responded to the murder scene until they found the person of interest.

Detectives and crime scene technicians were processing evidence at the murder scene as of 2:45 a.m. and they were awaiting the arrival of staff from the Dutchess County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The South Grand Avenue dwelling is owned by Stanley Robinson Sr. and his wife, Nina.  A neighbor told Mid-Hudson News that the couple are in their mid-60s.