Tenant Kills Super Over Unpaid Rent

Cops are hunting a cold-blooded killer who plunged a knife into the chest of a building super who was trying to collect overdue rent, police said Saturday.

The super, Shayne Sinclair, was collecting for the landlord around 8:30 p.m. Friday at a single room occupancy building in Brooklyn. Sinclair, 40, was taken to Brookdale University Hospital where he died.

The suspect ran from the building on E. 51st Street in Flatlands and was still being sought Saturday afternoon, police said.

The murder, according to the victim’s relatives, was over a few hundred dollars – the equivalent of three weeks rent.

Relatives suggested the struggling Sinclair would have gotten paid when the landlord got his money.

“He wasn’t doing anything wrong,” said a relative who asked that her name be withheld. “All he wanted was his pay. I hope they find this guy.”

Sinclair was hoping to leave the city with his wife and infant daughter. But he hadn’t been paid in three weeks.

“Somebody owed him some money and that’s what he was trying to get,” the relative said. “He left home to go look for a paycheck and he’s dead now.”

She described Sinclair as a kind and gentle man, who had recently fallen on hard times.

“He would never harm a fly,” she said. “He was a broken man. He wanted to get out of New York because of the economy.”


This story was originally published in the NY Daily News on February 5, 2011.  I hope that they find the cold blooded killer. No one’s life is due unpaid rent.
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2 Responses to “Tenant Kills Super Over Unpaid Rent”

  1. This is the one thing that truly scares me when I go collecting unpaid rent. I always have someone go with me not only for protection but as a witness to what was said. Another option is to use a recorder that fits into your pocket so everything is recorded. Typically tenants are compliant and work with their property manager’s to pay their overdue rent.