New York Man Allegedly Killed Father and Mutilated His Body While Staying Home Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

A man in New York has been arrested after allegedly murdering his father and mutilating the man's body while the pair were staying at home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Officers found the body of 57-year-old Imad Ahmad in his home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, at around 4.20 a.m. on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed to Newsweek. The man had been stabbed multiple times, the spokesperson added.

According to the New York Post, officers arrived at the home shortly after Imad Ahmad's son Khaled Ahmad left the family home drenched in blood and approached officers in a bagel shop. "I killed my father," he reportedly told them.

Officers handcuffed the 26-year-old and took him to the 68th Precinct stationhouse for questioning. He was later charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD spokesperson confirmed.

Police and EMS responded to the family home on 84th Street, near 14th Avenue. Imad Ahmad was pronounced dead at the scene.

The New York Daily News reported, citing police sources, that Imad Ahmad's body had been dismembered and police are still searching for some body parts.

Khaled Ahmad allegedly cut off his father's arms and part of his head, police sources told the Post. The man's body was also disemboweled.

The Daily News reported that police have had dealt with Khaled Ahmad before, but those incidents had nothing to do with his father. Khaled Ahmad has a history of mental illness, a source told the newspaper.

A person jogs near the Coney Island boardwalk on April 15, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

A neighbor, who described Imad Ahmad as a "jovial fellow," said the man had recently sold his grocery store in Queens. Neighbors told the Daily News that Khaled Ahmad works for a delivery company.

Khaled Ahmad told officers that he and his father had been trying to stay at home because of the pandemic.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order last month closing all nonessential businesses and mandating New Yorkers stay at home to curb the spread of the virus.

New York City, which is the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., has more than 110,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to the New York City Department of Health. The city has 6,840 confirmed COVID-19 deaths as well as another 4,059 probable deaths, according to the latest data.

This graphic, provided by Statista, shows the steep growth of coronavirus cases in New York between March 16 and April 14.

This graphic shows the steep growth of coronavirus cases in New York between March 16 and April 14. Statista

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