NY woman charged with manslaughter after turning self in for death of Broadway vocal coach, sources say

Lauren Pazienza charged in 87-year-old Barbara Gustern's 'unprovoked, senseless' death, cops say

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PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. – New York City police on Thursday announced the arrest of a Long Island woman in connection with the death of an 87-year-old Broadway vocal coach earlier this month. 

Lauren Pazienza, 26, was charged with manslaughter for the death of Barbara Gustern, a Manhattan woman who died days after she was shoved and hit her head, the New York Police Department (NYPD) said. According to a source, Pazienza has retained New York City-based attorney Arthur Aidala, who arranged for her to turn herself in to the NYPD’s 10th precinct on Tuesday morning. 

Photo shows Lauren Pazienza being led out of the NYPD's 10th Precinct on March 22, 2022. 

Photo shows Lauren Pazienza being led out of the NYPD's 10th Precinct on March 22, 2022.  (Fox 5 NY WNYW)

Pazienza was expected to appear before a judge as early as Tuesday afternoon. She was carted out of the Manhattan police precinct in handcuffs shortly before 1 p.m.

No one answered the door at Pazienza's family home in Port Jefferson, New York. Sources told Fox News Digital Pazienza  attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and had been working for a high-end furniture store in New York City.

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Lauren Pazienza's Port Jefferson, New York home 

Lauren Pazienza's Port Jefferson, New York home  (Fox News Digital / Rebecca Rosenberg)

Gustern died on March 15, days after a woman approached her from behind and pushed her just before 8:30 p.m. on March 10, police had said. Police added Monday they were treating her death as a homicide. 

Gustern was in the area of West 28th Street and Eighth Avenue, less than a block from her Manhattan home at the time that she was shoved. 

NYPD is seeking to question this woman in connection with the unprovoked attack on an 87-year-old woman in Manhattan on March 10, 2022

NYPD is seeking to question this woman in connection with the unprovoked attack on an 87-year-old woman in Manhattan on March 10, 2022 (NYPD)

The push caused her to fall and hit her head and left her with critical injuries, police said. Gustern was rushed to an area hospital, but ultimately could not be saved. 

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NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig called the assault "an unprovoked, senseless attack" and a "disgusting and disgraceful offense." 

Barbara Gustern in this undated photo 

Barbara Gustern in this undated photo  (MEGA)

"That’s horrific. An 87-year-old woman, just walking down the street, knocked to the ground," Essig said at a press conference last week.

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Gustern was a longtime singing coach who worked with Broadway casts and music stars including "Blondie" vocalist Debbie Harry, according to the New York Times. 

After the assault, Gustern reportedly told a friend: "I’ve never been hit so hard in my life."