Ex-boyfriend and two others charged in double-murder of Bronx woman and her aunt
An ex-boyfriend and two others were charged Saturday in the brutal murder of a Bronx woman and her aunt in their Bedford Park apartment last week, police said.
Jena Randolph, 23, and her aunt Ida Randolph, 65, were found beaten to death in their bedrooms about a week after Jena and her longtime boyfriend broke up.
Ida’s son, Michael Randolph, found the women around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. Police said there were multiple lacerations, stab wounds and bruising on their bodies.
Ida was found partially clothed with duct tape on her thighs. Jena was found naked with her hands bound with duct tape, police said.
They both died of blunt-impact trauma to the head, the medical examiner’s office said.
Michael, 23, told police that Jena and her boyfriend of three years, Andrew Scott, had cut ties a week before.
Scott, 23, and two others were arrested and charged for their murders Saturday. In addition to second-degree murder, Joshua Lopez, 26, and Brittney Austin, 23, were also charged with robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
Scott is a Harlem resident, while Lopez and Austin live just a block away from the victims.
It was not immediately clear what relationship Lopez and Austin had to the victims or Scott.
Police said all three have criminal histories, including previous charges for robbery, weapons possessions and drugs.
Though several items were taken from the apartment, robbery does not appear to be the motive behind the attack, police said.
Danielle Tcholakian contributed reporting. Follow Anna Sanders on Twitter: @AnnaESanders