This surveillance camera caught Dimitry, the suspect, riding around the area before and after the murder.
Alla Kamenev was killed while walking home in Brighton Beach almost three years ago. Her ex-husband was soon tagged as a suspect. Dimitry Kamenev, 79, went on trial yesterday for allegedly killing Kamenev over their bitter separation.
In October 2011, the victim was walking back from a nail salon when she was shot four times in the chest on Sea Breeze Avenue and Brighton 2nd Street, three blocks from her home. It was the middle of the day and Alla was set to leave for London that same day with her new lover.
“This is the first vacation of her entire (new) life,” Assistant District Attorney Josh Charlton said in Brooklyn Supreme Court. “She sees the last thing she ever wants to see.”
That thing was the elderly defendant – whom she divorced in 2007 after 43 years of marriage – before he pumped four bullets into her chest, the prosecutor alleged.
Dimitry was captured on surveillance video riding a girl’s bike before and after the murder.
When interviewed by cops, Kamenev had stated “‘What’s done is done’ – and that’s the last thing the defendant said in English,” the prosecutor told jurors. There was also a witness that identified him as the shooter.
According to authorities, on April 30 at a Gravesend building located on Avenue Z and West 2nd Street, Castello was riding down an elevator with the victim when he allegedly pulled a pair of scissors and attempted to rape her. When the elevator door opened, he ran off and the girl was unharmed.
Castello was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, burglary and rape.
In 1998, Castello was convicted of sex crimes against a victim who was over 21. As a result of his conviction, he was classified as a violent sex offender.
Officials say the man was riding a bicycle when he pulled out a gun and shot 65-year-old Alla Kamenev near Sea Breeze Avenue and West 2nd Street.
Police describe the bicycle as a girl’s bike with a red basket.
The victim, who lived three blocks from where she was killed, was found lying on the ground at 11:50 a.m.; she was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.
Police are still investigating this matter and are asking anyone who has information regarding this case to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
A 65-year-old woman was gunned down yesterday morning at the intersection of Sea Breeze Avenue and West 2nd Street.
Police are still investigating the incident, in which they say a man on a mountain bike shot the woman multiple times as she was walking on the sidewalk just before noon. The woman was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where she was pronounced dead from injuries to her torso.
The woman’s identity has not been released. No arrests have been made, and investigators are asking that anyone with information on the case contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.