Murdered Queens lawyer stabbed 20 times: NYPD sources

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The Queens lawyer allegedly murdered by a disgruntled client was stabbed at least 20 times, authorities said Tuesday.

Charles Zolot, 65, was discovered by a janitor around 5:50 a.m. Thursday lying face-up in the second-floor conference room of his office at 37-06 82nd Ave. in Jackson Heights, officials and sources said.

Attorney Charles Zolot was stabbed 20 times in his Queens office, according to police sources.
Attorney Charles Zolot was stabbed 20 times in his Queens office, according to police sources.
Law Office of Charles Zolot

He had been stabbed at least 20 times “all over his body,” according to a release from Queens DA Melinda Katz’s office.

Suspect Nando Perez, 64, of the Morrisania section of the Bronx was busted Monday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with Zolot’s death.

A search warrant was executed at his home, where investigators confiscated a knife, t-shirt and a bloody towel, police sources said.

Sources told The Post on Friday that Zolot’s killer had been dissatisfied over a home foreclosure. Zolot handled real-estate transactions in his work.

NYPD at the scene of where Charles Zolot was stabbed to death on August 6, 2021.NYPD at the scene of where Charles Zolot was stabbed to death on August 6, 2021.Stephen Yang for NY Post

Zolot was allegedly murdered by his former client Nando Perez.Zolot was allegedly murdered by his former client Nando Perez.Gabriella Bass for NY Post

NYPD officers looking for evidence at the scene of Zolot's stabbing.NYPD officers looking for evidence at the scene of Zolot’s stabbing.Gabriella Bass for NY Post

“The defendant is accused of confronting the victim in his law office, stabbing him repeatedly and then leaving him to die,” Katz said.

Sources said investigators were also eyeing Perez’s 66-year-old brother in connection with the crime.

Police officials could only confirm Tuesday that another man is being sought but would reveal any further information about him or his alleged role in the incident.

Perez was arraigned late Monday and faces up to 25 years to life behind bars if convicted, prosecutors said.

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