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Greek-American Accused of Murdering His Girlfriend, Reporting False Robbery

NEW YORK – On December 8, the NYPD said that Peter Ikonomou, a Queens resident “stabbed his girlfriend to death with a sword and stuffed her in the closet of his apartment before calling cops to falsely report a robbery,” the Daily News reported.

“The gruesome slaying was revealed after Peter Ikonomou’s mother arrived at the apartment because she hadn’t heard from him in a while, police said,” the Daily News reported, adding that “when Ikonomou, 37, opened the door he was irate and appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to cops.”

“Before his mother and a friend could step inside, Ikonomou slammed the door and ran back inside,” the Daily News reported, noting that “as the two tried unsuccessfully to get in, Ikonomou was spotted on the balcony of his apartment screaming that he had killed somebody, police sources said.”

Ikonomou then “dialed 911 and told a dispatcher that ‘fake cops and locksmiths’ were trying to break into his Briarwood apartment, police said,” the Daily News reported, adding that “once cops arrived, the distraught mother told them that she feared for her son and the safety of his girlfriend.”

“When cops got into the apartment on 85th Road, Ikonomou met them at the top of the stairs with a stick in his hand, police said” and “he told cops his girlfriend was ‘in the closet,’” sources told the Daily News.

“There, they found the body of Mindy Singer, 35, with a 46-inch sword still stuck in her backside,” the Daily News reported, adding that “detectives quickly determined Ikonomou was the suspected killer.”

“Few details about the couple were available, though police sources said the NYPD had no records of previous domestic incidents involving the pair,” the Daily News reported, noting that “Ikonomou has seven prior arrests, including for drug possession and driving while on drugs, police said.”

Friends posted on social media about Singer as “a well-known on the city’s club scene, organizing parties and connecting DJs with various venues,” the Daily News reported.

“This loss is a massive one. It’s hard to process how someone so great is taken from us like this. She was loved by so many of us. This isn’t fair at all,” one friend posted, the Daily News reported, adding that “Singer’s aunt, Debra Levine, wrote on Facebook that the family is ‘devastated.’”

“My heart is broken and my family and I will never recover from this nightmare,” Levine posted, the Daily News reported. “Words cannot do this outrageous tragedy justice.”

Neighbors told the Daily News that “Ikonomou moved in about a year ago.”

“He struggled with police as they put him in a squad car and kicked out a window as he sat in the back seat, witnesses said,” the Daily News reported.

“He was handcuffed in the back of the car, no shirt on, just, like, some shorts and no shoes and … bang, bang, bang on the window,” a resident who lives nearby told the Daily News, adding that “he kept kicking and kicking and kicking until he bust that window open. He was saying he was having a heart attack.”

Another neighbor told the Daily News: “It’s scary, I feel sorry for the girl and her family. That’s crazy for him to do that. I would never think something like that would happen around here, and what would make you do something like that? Why would you kill her? It’s sad. It’s just sad. I don’t understand what goes through people’s heads.”


Dr. Theodore ‘Ted’ Zervas is a dentist in the small western Massachusetts city of Greenfield but his other passion is Greek food and he'll let you know about it too.

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