A Queens woman who allegedly spent months harassing her neighbor and landlord was arrested on Saturday for stabbing her roommate, police and witnesses told The Post.
The alleged assailant and the victim each rented separate accommodations in the South Ozone Park multifamily home, where the landlord lived on the ground floor.
The bloody assault unfolded just before 8 a.m. when Najia M. Vaughn allegedly knocked on her neighbor’s door, started arguing with the woman inside, then pulled out a knife and cut the victim 31 to the forehead, chest and leg, residents and authorities said.
Vaughn, 28, fled and was arrested about a block away, police said. She was charged with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
The accused abuser, who receives housing assistance from the city, moved into the house on 127th Street in May and was referred to the property by the city’s human resources administration, his terrified landlord said, who did not want to be named.
The victim was taken to Jamaica Medical Center, where she was hospitalized, the NYPD said.
“Since she [Vaughn] is here… she’s been nothing but trouble,” the owner told the Post.
The unbalanced woman’s $1,945 rent for the one-bedroom apartment was paid for by CityFHEPS, a housing assistance program, the landlord said.
The woman’s erratic behavior had scared residents for months, and the stabbing is the latest in a long list of disturbing behavior.
The landlady, who lives downstairs with her daughter and 7-year-old sister, claims Vaughn, who lives upstairs, tried to set the house on fire; flooded the owner’s apartment and locked his car; repeatedly knocked on the doors of the owner and the victim; and even jumped from his own second floor apartment.
“The city should assess these people very, very carefully before placing them in private homes. They put the life of the landlord at risk, they put the life of the tenant at risk, they put the property at risk,” the landlord said, adding, “Now I have to spend so much money, I don’t know what damage she did it in his apartment. I am very very afraid. I’m afraid to leave my house alone, that she does something.
The landlady said she heard a knock on her door at 6:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, but did not answer. On Saturday morning, she was reciting her prayers when she heard screams.
“I thought she was arguing with her boyfriend, because that’s what she normally does, then I heard the other girl screaming. I texted her to see if she was okay, she said, “I’m stabbed. I said I was going to call the police. She says she called the police.
The landlady said she saw Vaughn run down the steps and out of the building. When the victim was later taken away by the first responder, she had “blood on her face”, the owner said.
The landlord assumed the unsuspecting victim was attacked after answering the front door thinking it was the police, only to realize it was the crooked tenant, who had already knocked on the door of his neighbor earlier in the morning.
“She was caught off guard. She just came out of the bathroom, she had on a bathrobe. She thought it was the police knocking on her door. She had called the police because [Vaughn] bothered her,” the owner said.
Police have come to the house at least once a week for the past three months, a neighbor said, while a resident across the street said cops visited the troubled house frequently.
The NYPD did not immediately have any information regarding past issues with Vaughn in the building. The victim and perpetrator “know each other,” an NYPD spokesperson said.
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