Updated at 5:30 p.m. Friday
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Police say the suspect in the murder of a woman in a Near Northeast Side apartment Thursday had 18 prior arrests.
Talarico Young, 27, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Syracuse City Court on Friday morning. Police say he admitted he stabbed the victim in an interview with officers after his arrest.
Police say his prior charges include robbery, burglary, assault, and grand larceny.
The victim, Johanna Pagan, 38, was found dead by police in the apartment at 121 Gertrude St.
Friends and neighbors say she was a veteran and talked frequently about serving overseas.
Police say Pagan was hired by the landlord to do maintenance work in the apartment.
Young allegedly knew Pagan would be there and went to the apartment, according to police.
Before Pagan was stabbed, police say there was an altercation.
Young is accused of stabbing Pagan multiple times in the chest and back, according to court documents.
Witnesses said they saw Young run from the home after the victim screamed, according the felony complaint document. Police say those witnesses were key to arresting Young.