Cops Find Mother, Son Dead while Responding to Reported Gas Leak

NY Post - October 04, 2016

by Larry Celona, Leonica Valentine, Abigail Gepner and Keldy Ortiz

Firefighters responding to a report a possible gas leak in the Bronx found a mother and her grown son dead in separate rooms with gunshot wounds to the head, sources said.

Antonio Robinson, 49, who answered the door, was being questioned by police early Sunday, sources said.

“He came out of the building with a smile on his face,” one neighbor said of Robinson being walked out of the Fulton Avenue apartment.

The victims were identified as Tyrell Bell, 27, and Sharon Epps, 50.

Firefighters showed up to the building 7:30 p.m. and immediately requested police to the scene after making the grim discovery.

Police took Robinson into custody and were questioning him Sunday morning. Charges against him are pending.

“I thought it was a gas leak problem,” said neighbor Neida Perez, 54.

“The fire department came and made the discovery. Then I heard people screaming through the intercom. I’m at a loss for words.”

Neida’s husband, Edwin Perez, described Bell as a nice kid and said Robinson struggled with alcohol problems.

“The boy grew up with my kids,” he said. “He worked helping my son who was a super. He went to college and everything. I don’t have words to describe this.”

“[Robinson] had alcohol problems,” he said. “He would argue with the kid a lot. This is a tragedy. Everybody is heartbroken.”