Queens, NY – A longtime New York divorce and custody lawyer was found stabbed to death on the second floor of his law office building on Thursday morning, according to police.
Officers from the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) 115th Precinct responded to the law office of 65-year-old Charles Zolot after a custodian found his bloody, beaten body at approximately 6 a.m. on Aug. 5, WCBS reported.
“The maintenance guy told me he came in this morning and saw a pool of blood and followed it and that’s when he found his body beaten to death,” Zolot’s friend and tailor, Horacio Navas, told the New York Daily News.
Officers arrived to find Zolot lying face-up on the floor with significant injuries to his torso and face, according to WCBS.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, the New York Daily News reported.
Fellow attorney Mark Drucker told WCBS he has worked with Zolot for years.
Drucker said legal assistants at the firm said they heard the longtime attorney arguing with two men shortly before the office closed the evening of Aug. 4.
“That was around 4:30, 5 o’clock,” Drucker told WCBS. “I was there, but we didn’t hear any noise or anything like that.”
Investigators said they retrieved security footage from inside the building that showed a possible suspect, WCBS reported.
Police said they were looking into a 64-year-old client who was upset over a home foreclosure as a potential connection to Zolot’s murder, the New York Post reported.
They were also looking into the man’s 66-year-old brother, according to the paper.
Police arrested 64-year-old Nando Perez on Monday for Zolot’s murder, the New York Post reported.
A neighbor said Zolot was a member of a local synagogue and had a sister, but that he was not married and did not have any children, the New York Post reported.
“He’s a bright guy, a hard-working guy,” the neighbor said. “But he was quiet, always to himself. He lived alone in a studio here at least 20 years that I know him.”
Zolot had been practicing law in New York since 1982, according to the New York Daily News.