June 30, 2022 By Michael Dorgan
The NYPD has identified the suspect wanted for the brutal triple homicide in Jamaica, Queens last week that left three members of the same family stabbed and beaten to death in their home.
Travis Blake, 29, is wanted for allegedly killing Karlene Barnett, 55, her son Dervon Brightly, 36, and their female cousin Vashawnna Malcolm, 22, inside their family home at 116-11 155th St.
Blake, police said, is the ex-boyfriend of Barnett and he also lived at the house. Police released images of Blake late Wednesday and asked for the public’s help in locating the suspected killer.
The three victims were found slaughtered inside the house Friday but police believe they had been killed days earlier.
Blake allegedly stabbed Barnett multiple times throughout her body and beat her over the head. He also allegedly beat Brightly to death, according to police and multiple reports. They were found butchered inside the basement of the family home.
Meanwhile, Malcolm’s lifeless body was found on a second-floor bed with her hands bound with electrical wire and her mouth duct-taped, according to police sources.
Blake allegedly stabbed Malcolm multiple times in the chest, according to New York Daily News.
The NYPD believes all three victims were killed at least three days prior to Friday’s gruesome discovery of their bodies, with their corpses being left in the house to rot.
Blake is described as being Black, about 6 feet tall and weighing around 280 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair with a close-cut hairstyle.
Blake was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black pants, and walking away from the house, northbound on 155th Street.
Police say that Blake has had no prior arrests.
No arrests have been made in the case to date. Another man was taken into custody Friday but was later released.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or on Twitter @NYPDTips.