Feb. 28, 2018 By Christian Murray
A 42-year-old Sheepshead Bay woman was indicted for attempted murder yesterday for trying to poison a Forest Hills resident with a cheesecake, before stealing the victim’s passport.
The defendant, Victoria Nasyrova, allegedly targeted a Forest Hills woman since they both looked similar–with dark hair and the same skin complexion–and spoke Russian, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Nasyrova visited the woman’s Forest Hills home on Aug. 28, 2016, where she poisoned the victim with a cheesecake laced with a Russian drug. Nasyrova then took off with the woman’s employment authorization card, passport, a gold ring and cash, according to the District Attorney’s office.
“This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death of a Queens woman, whose only fault was that she shared similar features with the defendant. Luckily the Queens woman survived the poisoning,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement.
The Forest Hills woman ate the cake given to her as a gift by Nasyrova and passed out, according to the District Attorney. How closely the women knew one another–if at all– was not disclosed.
The victim’s last memory is of seeing the defendant sitting beside her inside her home. The following day, the victim’s friend discovered her unconscious in bed, dressed in lingerie with pills scattered around her body—as if the victim attempted to kill herself, according to the District Attorney.
The victim was taken to hospital for treatment.
Law enforcement and Homeland Security tested pieces of the cheesecake that remained and confirmed the dessert was laced with phenazepam, according The pills scattered on the floor were also phenazepam.
Nasyrova was arraigned on a 10-count indictment charging her with attempted murder and burglary, among the many charges. She was ordered held without bail and her next court date is May 25.
She faces up to 25 years in prison.