N.Y. man charged in '87 murder


City police say a man serving time in a New York prison was expected to face extradition proceedings today in the murder of an unidentified drug courier whose body was found behind a school in Pimlico nearly five years ago.

Homicide detective Oscar Requer said the suspect, Robert L. Robinson, 47, who is serving time in New York's Riker's Island Prison for violation of probation, was charged in a warrant yesterday with slaying the Hispanic man, who police say was an illegal alien who smuggled cocaine between New York City and Baltimore.

Detective Requer said the victim, a resident of the Bronx, was known to have arrived here from New York on Dec. 24, 1987, with a kilo of cocaine.

That same day, the detective said, the man was stabbed and shot inside a house in the 4700 block of Woodland Ave.

Detective Requer said the man was killed for the cocaine and money he was carrying.

Four days later, children playing behind the Edgecombe Circle Elementary School in the 4600 block of Lanier Ave. found the body of the Hispanic man wrapped in a red blanket.

During the investigation, police learned that the victim was a New York drug courier.

However, numerous attempts by city and State Police and the FBI to identify him were unsuccessful.

Detective Requer said information gathered shortly after the man's body was found indicated he had no fingerprint record on file in this country and was probably an illegal alien.

The detective said the case was placed in the inactive file and went without charges until last January, when information was provided that led police to Mr. Robinson.

The latest investigation, said Detective Requer, took him and Detective Vernon Holley to various sections of New York and nearly to Canada, putting together a case against the inmate.

The warrant charging Mr. Robinson with first-degree murder will act as a detainer against the inmate, who is expected to be returned here for arraignment at a later date, Detective Requer said.

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