Police make arrests in salon murder
(Middletown - WABC, January 2, 2007) (WABC) -- Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a Middletown beauty salon owner.
The 36-year-old woman was killed over the weekend.
And tonight, police say this was a case of murder for hire.
Eyewitness News reporter Marcus Solis has more.
Wails of grief and tears of sadness were plentiful at the wake, held Tuesday afternoon. It was a painful goodbye to Fermina Nunez, the mother of four who was shot and killed at the hair salon she owned, in what police say was a murder-for-hire plot.
"She was just really such a good person," former customer Tracy Hicks said.
"Everyone that went in there, she treated with respect, like family almost," customer Patricia Gonzalez said.
On Saturday night, Nunez stayed open late for customers who getting ready for New Year's Eve. Just after 11 p.m., police say Melvin Green walked in and ordered Nunez and three customers to the floor. Authorities say Nunez was shot in the back of the head, execution-style. Police say Green robbed the register in an attempt to throw off the investigation, but they say it didn't work.
"Within a few blocks, there's an open Domino's Pizza, open gas stations that you would think would be dealing with more cash than a hair salon," Middletown Lieutenant Paul Rickard said. "Also, why would they think that the hair salon would be open that late at night?"
Green was picked up yesterday at his home in the Bronx, according to officials. Police say an NYPD detective was slightly injured after a dog attacked officers during the arrest. Sources say Green admitted to investigators that he was paid a few thousand dollars by the victim's ex-boyfriend to kill Nunez. This morning, Patrick Bowie reportedly stabbed himself in the neck when he discovered police were watching his house. Friends of the victim say the couple had a rocky 7-year relationship.
"I believe that he set this up because he wanted her back and she was not going back to him," salon employee Alanna Brown said.
Green and Bowie, reportedly longtime friends, are both charged with first degree murder for a crime that has left many stunned.
"She was a hard-working woman," area merchant Nick Costanzo said. "And it's just a real tragedy and a shame."
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