Third arrest in robbery and killing of Brooklyn man who was found tied up in his apartment

Noah Goldberg, New York Daily News
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A third man was arrested in the robbery and killing of a Brooklyn man found tied up facedown on the floor of his apartment in January, prosecutors said.

Barber Byron, 61, was arraigned Wednesday in Brooklyn Criminal Court on an indictment charging him and two other suspects in the asphyxiation murder of Malcolm Holder, 46.

Holder’s caretaker found him dead and bound with electrical cord Jan. 22 in his Crown Heights apartment.

Byron was captured after one of the lawyers representing the other suspects in the case, Amanda Sylvester, 35, and her boyfriend, Sean Idlet, 49, stated at their initial court appearances after their arrests in January that a third person held down and choked Holder to death.

The lawyer identified the third suspect as “Byron,” and that information helped investigators track him down.

Prosecutors confirmed at Wednesday’s hearing the Holder’s family’s suspicion that he knew at least one of his attackers, as there were no signs of forced entry at his apartment.

“Malcolm Holder was killed in his own home allegedly by a woman he trusted [Sylvester] and her accomplices,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement about the case.

Prosecutors did not say exactly how Sylvester knew Holder, though they said she had been a regular visitor at his home for about a year.

Holder let Sylvester into the apartment and Idlet and Byron came in behind her, according to prosecutors.

The crew stole a Sony PlayStation as well as a box with cash in it, a cell phone and a speaker, prosecutors said.

The trio of alleged killers was charged with murder, robbery and burglary.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge Vincent Del Giudice ordered all three held without bail.

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