Cuevas was denied bail last Thursday by a judge at the Suffolk County District Court.
When the T&T Guardian visited Siparia on Saturday villagers along Coora Road and Mendez Village said they had only heard through media reports that Cuevas was from Siparia but were not sure exactly from where.
Residents believe Cuevas’ entire family may have migrated to the US decades ago. According to a report on the News Americas Now Web site, last Thursday prosecutor Robert Biancavilla said in court Thompson-Browne was killed during an argument on July 5 at Cuevas’ apartment building at 346 Sumpter Street, Brownsville, Brooklyn. Cuevas’ uncle owned the Brooklyn building but died last year. Since his death, Cuevas was said to have been collecting rent money from tenants. Prosecutor Biancavilla said on July 4, Cuevas angrily confronted Browne over non-payment of rent and utilities.
Then on July 5, witnesses saw Thompson-Browne entering the apartment and then heard a confrontation. Cuevas allegedly stabbed Thompson Browne in the neck during an argument after Thompson-Browne refused to hand over money, authorities say. Prosecutor Biancavilla said Thompson-Browne pleaded for her life moments before Cuevas allegedly stabbed her with such force that she was decapitated. Her dismembered body was found later scattered across Bay Shore and Hempstead, Long Island. Two people walking to the ferry in Bay Shore discovered Thompson Browne’s torso in a vacant Bay Shore lot used as a shortcut between a municipal parking lot and the Fire Island Ferry terminal on July 8, police said.
The next day, a severed arm was found on the lawn of a home on Webb Avenue in Hempstead. Another arm was found on July 10 in a yard on Cornell Street, about half-a-mile from the first arm. On July 17, a human head was found in the yard of a home on Boylston Street, Hempstead. Thompson-Browne was identified by the tattoos on her body. According to prosecutors, Thompson-Browne’s torso was found less than a mile from Cuevas’ sister’s house in Bay Shore.Detectives are not yet saying if Cuevas had any help or if they believe she was the one who dismembered Thompson-Browne’s body and scattered her head and arms across Long Island. Thompson-Browne’s husband, Dale, and other relatives were in court Thursday as Cuevas was charged. Dale had told Guyana media he last spoke to his wife on July 5, minutes before she headed to work at the department store Century 21.