Spring Valley, NY – A 52-year-old female security guard was stabbed to death by a smirking suspect inside a local library on Tuesday.
The horrific attack occurred at approximately 2 p.m. at the Finkelstein Memorial Library on Chestnut Street, WABC reported.
The security guard, Sandra Wilson, was sitting at her third-floor post when the suspect, 25-year-old Blanchard Glaudin, suddenly pulled out a knife and began stabbing her repeatedly, according to WABC.
Wilson had asked Glaudin to turn down his music shortly before the attack, Spring Valley Police Chief Paul Modica said.
“She was at the computer terminals and told him he had to turn it down,” the chief explained, according to the New York Post. “That was it.”
Witnesses said that Glaudin was smirking as he attacked Wilson, who then began screaming that she couldn’t breathe, WABC reported.
Two library patrons tackled the knife-wielding suspect to the floor while other bystander attempted to perform CPR on the gravely injured security guard.
Wilson was rushed to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, ABC News reported.
“They couldn’t save her, they came out and said they couldn’t save her,” Wilson’s mother, Shirley Wilson, told WABC. “I just can’t believe she’s gone.”
Glaudin, who has been charged with second-degree murder, has allegedly confessed to killing Wilson, but showed “no remorse at all,” Chief Modica said.
Investigators said that Glaudin was a regular at the library, and that he knew Wilson.
Wilson had been working for the library for nearly a decade, her mother said.
“She would always stop, always had a smile for everybody,” library patron Esther Malek told WABC.
In addition to her mother, Wilson also leaves behind two adult sons and one grandchild, according to the New York Post.
District Attorney Thomas Walsh expressed his condolences for the loss of Wilson and also praised the citizens who jumped to her aid.
“The people of Rockland are shaking their heads at the news of yet another violent crime that took the life a loving mother, grandmother and resident,” Walsh told WABC. “Our prayers go out to the Wilson family on their loss. I want to commend the brave citizens, who reacted without fear for their safety, by subduing the suspect. We will ensure that justice is served in this horrible crime.”
Chief Modica said he does not know if any of the security guards at the library were armed, the New York Post reported.