Woman accused of murdering 80-year-old man who was found dead with ‘I touch little girls’ on his chest
A live-in assistant has been charged with the murder of an 80-year-old man who was found beaten to death in his home with “I touch little girls” scribbled on his chest.
Rene Ayarde, 28, was charged Monday with murder, manslaughter and assault, months after the July murder of Robert Raynor in his Staten Island apartment.
She and her daughter lived with Raynor, who was found dead in pants in the first-floor hallway of a Tompkinsville multi-family residence with several injuries.
Police have declined to give a motive for Ayarde, who was arrested hours after the murder for child abuse but is only now being charged with murder.
Just six hours after police discovered shirtless Raynor with cuts to his forehead and two black eyes, Ayarde allegedly assaulted her three-year-old daughter.
Rene Ayarde (pictured), 28, has been charged with murdering an 80-year-old man who was found beaten to death in his home with ‘I touch little girls’ scribbled on his chest
Ayarde and her daughter lived with victim Robert Raynor (pictured) who was found dead in the first-floor hallway of a Tompkinsville multi-family residence with several injuries
She threw her daughter on the concrete floor and dragged her down a street before throwing a bottle of water in the girl’s face, police said.
A passerby allegedly saw the alleged abuse and while Ayarde was yelling at her crying daughter, the woman called the police.
But Ayarde then grabbed the phone from the woman’s hands and knocked her to the ground, leaving bruises and scratches on her body, prosecutors say.
‘Are you calling the police? Give me your phone,” Ayarde yelled at the woman, according to court documents seen by the Daily News.
The three-year-old was taken to hospital with bruises on her neck when emergency services arrived.
Ayarde was arrested for assaulting her three-year-old daughter just hours after the July murder, but has only now been charged with murder
At the hospital, investigators found other injuries to the girl’s knees, face and cheek, which were in various states of healing, according to court documents.
“I was outside and Mom threw me to the ground,” the girl told police, according to court papers.
At the time, Ayarde was ruled out as a suspect in the murder investigation into Raynor’s death.
But four months later, she has now been charged.
The disturbing message on Raynor’s chest does not appear to be supported by the 80-year-old’s extensive report.
He had 24 previous arrests to his name, but there is no record of pedophilia and his name does not appear on the state’s online registry of known sex offenders.
NYPD officers guard the crime scene at Raynor’s home where he was found dead in July
Only four of his two dozen arrests were unsealed, including two assaults on a girlfriend in 1987, a third assault in 1992 and drug possession in 1996, the Post reported.
Detectives believe Raynor’s body, which was found in the hallway, was dragged there from his first-floor apartment, according to sources.
The victim’s daughter, Carolyn Whetstone, of North Carolina, has maintained that her father was not a pedophile and that he “wouldn’t touch a child.”
She told the Daily News: ‘That’s not my father. He wouldn’t touch a child. He would never violate anyone. He has daughters and granddaughters that he looks after when he comes to see me… That’s not him. That is not true.’
Detectives believe Raynor’s body, which was found in the hallway, was dragged there from his first-floor apartment, according to sources. Pictured: NYPD cops guard the crime scene
Whetstone added that her father suffered from cancer and arthritis in his knees ‘so he didn’t have the physical ability to do that’.
She said Raynor had been living with Ayarde and her daughter for several years because of his health problems.
Whetstone had called police to do a health check on her father after being unable to contact him by phone during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“When I finally spoke to him last month, he told me he could barely move,” she said of her father’s health. “It was that bad.”
She added: ‘He was a nice person. He liked to joke. All he did was have fun.’