An incident between a homeless couple in a North Shore Home Depot parking lot has left the man dead and the woman behind bars.
The Suffolk County Police Department said on Wednesday morning that detectives had arrested a woman at the scene of a fatal stabbing the night before and charged her with first-degree manslaughter.
Patrol officers from the 6th Precinct were responding to a 911 call in the parking lot of the Home Depot on Middle Country Road in Coram close to 7:30 p.m. when they found 55-year-old Ralph Anthony had been stabbed, police said. He was pronounced dead at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue.
Homicide Unit detectives arrested 60-year-old Ada Robinson at the scene.
Both the victim and the alleged attacker are homeless, according to police. The Homicide Unit’s Lt. Kevin Beyrer said in a phone interview Wednesday that the pair was “at least common-law husband and wife” — they had been a couple for a long period of time, he said, but he wasn’t sure if the two were legally married. They frequented the Coram area where the stabbing took place.
Attorney information for Robinson on the first-degree manslaughter charge was not immediately available on Wednesday morning.
She has previous charges against her of assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident with Anthony on May 9, 2015, according to the New York State court system’s online database. Her attorney on the one felony and one misdemeanor charge for that incident, Central Islip-based Robin Stanco, did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Wednesday morning.
Beyrer confirmed that Anthony was also the victim in the 2015 assault case.
Detectives are still investigating the stabbing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 631-852-6392.
This version corrects the date Ada Robinson allegedly assaulted Ralph Anthony in 2015.