Photo Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory
According to the indictment, the cheesecake was laced with phenazepam.
By Forum Staff
A 42-year-old Brooklyn woman has been indicted by a grand jury for attempted murder, burglary and other charges for allegedly poisoning a Queens woman with cheesecake and then stealing her identification and other property in August of 2016. Authorities feel the defendant was motiviated by the fact that her victim bore a strong resemblance to her and she could pass off the ID as her own.
Identified as Viktoria Nasyrova, 42, of Voorhies Avenue in Sheepshead Bay,she was arraigned on a 10-count indictment charging her with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree attempted assault, second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree grand larceny, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Officials say the twisted crime could have resulted in the death of the woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant.
“She, [Nasyrova], offered the woman a cheesecake as a gift, after she laced the dessert with a Russian drug and presented it to the unsuspecting victim. Luckily, the Queens woman survived the poisoning. The defendant has been apprehended and now faces a long term of incarceration,” said DA Brown.
Nasyrova was arraigned before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone Jr., who ordered the defendant held without bail. Nasyrova’s next court date is May 25, 2018. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 25 years in prison.
According to the indictment, on August 28, 2016, the defendant visited the Forest Hills home of the then-35-year-old victim, and brought the cheesecake to the home with her. The woman strongly resembled one another- both have dark hair, the same skin complexion and speak Russian. The victim ate the dessert given to her by the defendant and afterwards began to feel sick and laid down. Before passing out, the woman’s last memory is of seeing the Nasy sitting beside her inside her home.
The next day, the victim’s friend discovered her unconscious in her bed, dressed in lingerie with pills scattered around her body – as though she had attempted suicide. She was rushed to the hospital for treatment.
According to the indictment, when the woman was discharged from the hospital and returned home, she realized that her passport and employment authorization card were missing, along with a gold ring and cash.
Law enforcement agents along with Homeland Security tested pieces of cheesecake that remained in its container and confirmed the sweet treat was laced with phenazepam. The pills found on the floor when the victim was discovered were tested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and was confirmed to be phenazepam, as well. District Attorney Brown further stated that said, according to the charges, when the defendant was arrested on March 20, 2017, in Brooklyn, the police recovered the victim’s ring, passport and employment card.