Police Search For Clues In Murder Of Retired Villanova Asst. - New York News

Police Search For Clues In Murder Of Retired Villanova Asst. Professor

Posted: Updated:
GERMANTOWN -

Crime scene investigators returned to the Fairfax Apartments on Wayne Avenue in Germantown Wednesday morning continuing their search for clues in the stabbing death of 69 year old former Villanova assistant professor Carol Ambruster, seen here in a photo from the university's website.

"She had been stabbed multiple times, she was pronounced on the scene," said Capt. James Clark of the Homicide Unit.

Police say Ambruster was stabbed to death inside her second floor apartment around nine Monday night. By the time paramedics and police arrived, she was already dead from stab wounds to the chest and neck. The murder weapon was recovered at the scene. Her body was reportedly discovered in the kitchen by a male room mate when he arrived home from running errands.

"She had a male roommate, we've talked to him once, we'll probably talk to him again very soon and we'll see where it leads," Clark told Fox 29.

"You're not safe inside and you're not safe outside," said neighbor Gladice Garner.

Neighbors were stunned by the murder. One said Ambruster had moved in earlier this year. She was an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Villanova for 24 years before retiring in 2011. Women who live and work in the area around the murder scene are on edge.

'That is so sad you know when a life is taken. At all, that's sad," Garner said.

"I'm scared to even walk from my job to the car. It's horrible out here, it's a shame we have to go through all this," said Theresa Kamara, who works at a nursing home nearby.

Investigators say there were signs of a struggle inside, but no sign of forced entry. Police are still searching for a suspect and a motive.

"It looks like the apartment may have been ransacked , but we're not sure. It's still too preliminary, too soon for me to say either way," Captain Clark explained.

"I feel bad for her. My prayers go out to her family," Kamara said. "It could be her today. It could be me tomorrow or be somebody else."

Police sources say the victim's male room mate is an employee of the city school district. Sources also say he asked for a lawyer when he was questioned by homicide detectives.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Search for woman who tried to snatch baby in stroller

    NYPD: Woman tried to snatch baby in stroller

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:45 AM EDT2014-04-18 10:45:16 GMT
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
    Police want to question a woman who tried to push a stroller with a baby inside away from a nanny in Chelsea. The incident occurred on 8th Ave. and 17th St. at about 4 p.m. on Thursday. The 8-month-old baby was not harmed. People who were in the area jumped in to stop the woman before she took off southbound on 8th Ave., according to police. A sketch was released on Friday of the suspect.
  • Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Manhattan restaurant proactive on food allergens

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:48:47 GMT
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
    From the St. Louis spare to a rack of beef, ribs are the specialty for Chef Eddie Montalvo at Blue Smoke Restaurant in the Flat Iron District of Manhattan. While the ribs are smoked for flavor, they are cooked gluten- and nut-free. The restaurant pays special attention to food allergies. Sloan Miller, president of Allergic Girl Resources, says 15 million Americans have a diagnosed food allergy. Eight foods typically set off reactions: peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, dairy, egg, an...
  • Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Wineries flourish in Brooklyn

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:34 PM EDT2014-04-18 02:34:04 GMT
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
    Hundreds of oak barrels of wine are all stacked in one room. You might think this is Napa, California. But it's not. It's the Brooklyn Winery, located in what was once an old pickle factory in Williamsburg. Refrigerated grapes are brought in from the North Fork of Long Island and from the Finger Lakes and then aged in barrels. These days urban wineries are becoming more popular, and they're popping up all over the borough.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices