Crime & Punishment

Another Brooklyn Landlord Murdered

More bad news for landlords. Brooklyn landlord Mahuddin Mahumd was reportedly killed and left nearly decapitated during an apparent argument with a tenant early this morning.

crime scene tape Another Brooklyn Landlord Murdered The 57-year-old owner of a Kensington apartment building on McDonald Avenue near Avenue C was found dead, his throat slashed and burns to his face, inside a basement apartment he used as an office when cops responded to a report of an assault, police told the Daily News Tuesday.

It’s the second grisly killing of a Brooklyn landlord in less than a week, the first being the now highly publicized slaying of Menachem Stark, which drew public outrage beyond the killing itself, particularly after the New York Post published a controversial cover story under the headline, “Who didn’t want him dead,” drawing backlash from politicians and community members.

Investigators are searching for a tenant who lived in the apartment next to Mr. Mahumd’s office, who apparently disappeared after the slaying.

In the case of Mr. Stark, the News reports that police may be looking at Israel Perlmutter, a business partner of Mr. Stark’s, as a potential suspect. Police are convinced Mr. Perlmutter has been lying to them while trying to use a Russian businessman as a scapegoat, according to the paper.

The pair had reportedly embarked on a number of soured real estate dealings, including a 74-unit apartment building in South Williamsburg, which fell into bankruptcy in 2009, leading them to default on tens of millions of dollars in loans; and they took a $4 million hit on another Williamsburg property in 2010.

No arrests have been made in either case. 

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