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Neighbor arrested in murder of ad-exec in possible burglary gone wrong

November 01, 2018 - 9:35 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A neighbor, described by sources an emotionally disturbed person, has been arrested in connection with the killing of a 70-year-old woman on the Upper West Side.

Anya Johnston, 24, has been charged with murder and burglary in connection with the Oct. 21 slaying.

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Susan Trott was found dead in her apartment with a slash wound to her throat. She was found by cops performing a wellness check after she didn't show up for work.

Police said Johnston, who lived one floor above Trott's 14th floor apartment, had gotten into Trott's apt perhaps to burglarize it, 1010 WINS' John Montone reported. Trott startled her and that's when Johnston stabbed her in the neck and dragged her bloody body into the bedroom, Montone reported.

Johnston is being held at a psychiatric ward for an evaluation. One source told the New York Post that people overheard her threatening to harm other people, Montone reported, adding she was "crazy talking."

Trott began her career back in the "Mad Men" era, Montone reported.