Authorities say 21-year-old Shafiqul Islam was driving Decker’s car but fled the crash scene on foot. He was later taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, but not the slaying yet, pending further investigation.
WSJ (H/T DRJ) HILLSDALE, NY – The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday that the cause of Lois Decker’s death was manual strangulation. A deputy found her body late Sunday night at her home in Hillsdale after her car was involved in an accident.
Islam was taken into custody about three hours after he crashed Decker’s stolen car. After refusing help from onlookers and unsuccessfully trying to steal one of their cars, the sheriff’s department says he ran off and stole a Ford pickup truck from a nearby residence.
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UPDATE! Islam is a Level 2 sex offender and parolee who was released from prison just over a year ago after serving two years of a three-year prison term for a sex crime involving a 12-year-old girl.