Elderly Ridgewood woman found dead days after boyfriend charged with assault: DA

By Mark Hallum

Police were investigating the death of a Ridgewood woman whose body was found in her apartment five days after her boyfriend was charged with assaulting her, the NYPD said. Police responded to the home of Janina Olszewaka, 80, Thursday to find the woman unresponsive, according to law enforcement. When EMS arrived, they declared the woman dead, the cops said.

While the cause of the death was being reviewed by the city medical examiner’s office, a criminal complaint from the Queens district attorney’s office said the man known as her boyfriend — Marek Piotrkowicz, 56.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault in a domestic dispute with Olszewaka five days prior to her death, according to the complaint.

The Maspeth man was released on $5,000 bail in his own recognizance by Queens Criminal Court Judge John Zoll, the DA said.

The altercation left the elderly woman with lacerations and bruises on her face and she was treated in a nearby hospital, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Piotrkowicz was forced to sign two orders of protection for Olszewaka and her son Irek, who was witness to the June 4 assault.

Piotrkowicz faces seven years in prison if convicted of the assault charge when he makes his next court appearance June 16, the DA said.

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