Woman, 26, charged in boyfriend's death

October 12, 1994|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Sherry Joe contributed to this report.

A woman has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of her boyfriend with a steak knife in their Wilde Lake townhouse yesterday morning.

Tatyana Kogan, 26, of the 10300 block of Twin Rivers Road is accused of killing Andrei Gordon, 31, of the same address, county police said.

Her 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, who was unharmed on the second floor of the two-story town home, was put in the care of the county Department of Social Services.

Police responded to a 911 call from the home about 10:30 a.m. yesterday to find Mr. Gordon, a Baltimore city taxi driver, lying on the first-floor living room with a single stab wound in his upper left chest. He was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital at 12:05 p.m.

Ms. Kogan was taken into custody as soon as police arrived, and was charged yesterday afternoon after being questioned by detectives, said Howard County Police Lt. Tim Branning.

Authorities haven't decided whether Ms. Kogan will be charged with first-degree or second-degree murder. Police believe the stabbing occurred after a dispute between the couple, Lieutenant Branning said.

Lieutenant Branning said a steak knife was recovered by investigators.

Police said Ms. Kogan came to the United States from Russia about four years ago, and Mr. Gordon followed two years later.

Their immigration status had not yet been determined late yesterday afternoon, Lieutenant Branning said, but they are believed to be in the United States legally.

Ms. Kogan has been living with her daughter in the Roslyn Rise Apartments -- a community of federally subsidized rental units -- for at least 2 1/2 years, neighbors said. Mr. Gordon has lived with Ms. Kogan off and on since arriving in the United States, police said.

A neighbor who lives several houses away from the couple said she heard the couple arguing -- something they rarely did -- before the stabbing.

"I heard them talking real loudly and fussing about 8:30, before it all happened," said Ann Davis. "I usually could not hear them talking, and when I could, it never went on and on like it did. They very rarely made any fuss."

Mr. Gordon has been driving a taxi that he owns in association with the Checker Cab Assoc. Inc. in Baltimore since June 1993, said Dave Snyder, the general manager of taxi operations for the company. Mr. Gordon was in the company's office Monday taking care of routine work, Mr. Snyder said.

Residents expressed shock upon learning of the stabbing.

"I can't believe she can do it," said neighbor Svetlana Shiller, 57, referring to Ms. Kogan. "She is a very kind woman, very kind mother."

Neighbors said Ms. Kogan kept a close eye on her daughter, who sometimes played with neighborhood children on a sloping lawn overlooking Twin Rivers Road.

Neighbors said the couple kept to themselves and were rarely seen together.

"She was always on her own with the little girl," Sharon Redman said of Ms. Kogan. "He was always out on his own."

Police say the incident appears to be the third homicide in the county this year. County police investigated four killings last year.

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