BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Early Saturday evening, police announced that a suspect had been arrested in the murder of Imani Armstrong, 25, an exotic dancer and IHOP worker who was shot in Union Square early Thursday morning.
Cops arrested Clarkson Wilson, 44, of Brownsville, Brooklyn. According to the New York Post, the Regional Recovery Task Force in Brooklyn, which had a search warrant, arrested Wilson.
He was taken to Gramercy’s 13th Precinct early Saturday morning, where he was charged with murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Wilson is accused of ambushing Armstrong Thursday morning at 14th Street and Irving Place after she quit her job at IHOP around 5 a.m. and was heading to the subway in Union Square. Wilson allegedly snuck up on the victim from behind and punched him in the back of the head in execution style. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Post reported that Wilson was the father of at least one of Armstrong’s children.
According to the tabloid, “Armstrong told friends Wilson was ‘the daddy of her baby,'” and an acquaintance said Armstrong had been “prowling around” the pancake restaurant since “at least early August.”
The Post reported that Wilson was working as a pimp in 2018 when he stabbed and slashed a woman in the face after she allegedly refused to work with him.
Armstrong was reportedly separated from his wife and recently lost his children in foster care.