Murder suspect admitted to stabbing her boyfriend

October 13, 1994|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,Sun Staff Writer

After stabbing her boyfriend in the chest Tuesday morning, Tatyana Kogan threw the knife into the kitchen garbage can and called 911 to tell the operator she had killed him, according to documents filed in court yesterday.

When police arrived at the couple's Village of Wilde Lake town home minutes later, the 26-year-old Russian immigrant immediately admitted she had stabbed Andrei Gordon and told the officers where she had put the steak knife, the charging documents filed in Howard County District Court said.

During a formal interview with detectives later in the day, she again "admitted to stabbing the victim whom she identified as her boyfriend during a physical altercation in the kitchen of the residence," the documents said.

Ms. Kogan, of the 10300 block of Twin Rivers Road, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Mr. Gordon, 31, of the same address.

Judge Lenore R. Gelfman ordered Ms. Kogan held in the county Detention Center last night in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Her 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, who was upstairs during the stabbing, remained in the custody of the county Department of Social Services.

Both Ms. Kogan and Mr. Gordon legally entered the United States as resident aliens, said Howard County police spokesman Sgt. Steven Keller. She arrived four years ago, and he followed two years later. If convicted, it is possible that Ms. Kogan could be deported, he said.

After receiving the 911 call Tuesday morning, an officer entered the open front door of the town house and found Mr. Gordon, a Baltimore City taxi driver, lying on the floor in the first-floor living room in front of the sofa, the documents said.

There was a blood stain on the left seat cushion of the sofa, and Mr. Gordon was "clutching his left chest area, moaning faintly and appeared to be having trouble breathing," the documents said.

Ms. Kogan approached the two officers inside the living room, admitted she had stabbed her boyfriend, and then told police the knife was in the kitchen garbage can.

Mr. Gordon died about 90 minutes later at Howard County General Hospital.

Police refuse to discuss what might have caused the dispute between Mr. Gordon and Ms. Kogan.

A neighbor at the Roslyn Rise Apartments -- a community of federally subsidized rental units -- interviewed shortly after the stabbing said she heard the couple arguing loudly earlier the morning. She said the argument was a rare event in the couple's otherwise outwardly quiet, peaceful relationship.

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