L.I.C. Man Admits To 2009 Slaying
A Long Island City man faces two decades behind bars after admitting in court last Wednesday, Sept. 12 to killing his girlfriend during a dispute inside their apartment in December 2009, prosecutors announced.
Tigran Tambiev, 46, of 10th Street entered a guilty plea last Wednesday to a charge of first-degree manslaughter for the fatal knifing of SusanWoolf, 49, a sculptor who was found stabbed 18 times about her body.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Gregory L. Lasak, who accepted the plea, scheduled sentencing to take place on Oct. 17. Lasak indicated that Tambiev would be ordered to serve a term of 20 years behind bars, according to Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.
“[Tambiev] stands convicted of a particularly brutal and senseless crime that robbed the victim of her life and the world of a talented sculptor,” Brown said. “I hope the family of the victim can find some solace in knowing that [Tambiev] will now spend a substantial amount of time behind bars.”
As previously reported, Tambiev and Woolf became embroiled in an argument inside their apartment on 10th Street sometime on Dec. 11, 2009. Law enforcement sources said the dispute ended in bloodshed when Tambiev, using two knives, stabbed Woolf repeatedly in the back and chest. Following the murder, he fled from the scene.
Woolf’s body was reportedly discovered the following day by a friend who visited the apartment after becoming concerned about her wellbeing. Officers from the 108th Precinct arrived at the scene along with EMS units, who pronounced Woolf dead.
Based on information obtained during a joint investigation by the 108th Precinct Detective Squad and the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad, Tambiev was tracked down in Miami Beach, Fla. in January 2010. He was taken into custody that month with the assistance of the Miami Beach Police Department and U.S. Marshals, then returned to Queens for prosecution.
Det. Mark Oliva of the 108th Precinct Detective Squad and Detectives David Moser and Keith Welz of the NYPD Queens Homicide Squad conducted the investigation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Peter V. Lomp of the D.A.’s Homicide Trials Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Brad A. Leventhal, bureau chief, and Jack Warsawsky, deputy bureau chief.