D.A. Bragg Announces Murder Indictment Against Man Who Fatally Shot Mother Walking With Their 3-Month-Old On UES

July 27, 2022

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of ISAAC ARGRO, 23, for fatally shooting 20-year-old Azsia Johnson as she walked with their 3-month-old child on the Upper East Side in June 2022. ARGRO is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. [1] 

“As alleged, Isaac Argro murdered Azsia Johnson, the mother of their 3-month-old child, in a premeditated act of fatal domestic violence” said District Attorney Bragg. “Committing this type of killing in front of an infant is horrific, and I cannot imagine the pain that Ms. Johnson’s family and loved ones are experiencing. I want to make clear that we will pursue full accountability and justice in this case.”  
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on June 29, 2022 ARGRO convinced Ms. Johnson to meet him so he could give her items for their daughter. Before meeting ARGRO, Johnson sent text messages describing exactly where she was meeting the defendant and what he was wearing when she saw him, which matched the accounts of 911 callers following the incident.

ARGRO arrived at East 95th Street between Lexington and Third Avenues without the supposed items, dressed in black with a ski mask over his face. ARGRO then shot Johnson at point blank range in the head and then fled the scene. Video surveillance captured ARGRO discarding his clothing to avoid law enforcement and apprehension.
Afterwards, ARGRO called Johnson’s family and inquired about the whereabouts of his child. He also threatened another individual who knew Johnson, saying they were “next.”

Assistant D.A.s Atalanta Mihas and Veronika Alayeva are handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Joyce Smith (Chief of the Special Victims Division) and Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). 

Defendant Information:

  • Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-I felony, one count
  • Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.