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Cops arrest suspected murderer of an exotic dancer on her way home from her second job at IHOP

A Brooklyn man was arrested for the murder of a mother of three and an exotic dancer on his way home from a second job at IHOP.

Clarkson Wilson, 44, the father of one of Imani Armstrong’s children, was taken into custody Saturday after the 25-year-old was fatally shot in the head on a street corner near Union Square early Thursday morning, reports the New York Post.

Police said they were returning home from work at the IHOP in Gramercy Park when a man opened fire, with officers yet to determine a motive.

Along with murder charges, Wilson – who has more than 20 arrests on his criminal record – has been charged with two counts of criminal gun possession.

Clarkson Wilson, 44 (above), who has more than 20 arrests on his criminal record, was arrested for the fatal shooting of Imani Armstrong, 25

Clarkson Wilson, 44 (above), who has more than 20 arrests on his criminal record, was arrested for the fatal shooting of Imani Armstrong, 25

Armstrong (left), an exotic dancer and IHOP employee, was on her way home from work at the restaurant when she was gunned down

Armstrong (left), an exotic dancer and IHOP employee, was on her way home from work at the restaurant when she was gunned down

The victim was a mother of three, with police sources saying Wilson was the father of one of her children. Pictured: Armstrong (left) in a Christmas photo with two of her children

The victim was a mother of three, with police sources saying Wilson was the father of one of her children. Pictured: Armstrong (left) in a Christmas photo with two of her children

Armstrong's body was seen being loaded onto a stretcher, wrapped tightly in a black body bag and tied down with straps after the shocking murder near Union Square Park

Armstrong’s body was seen being loaded onto a stretcher, wrapped tightly in a black body bag and tied down with straps after the shocking murder near Union Square Park

Sources told the Post that Wilson has at least four complaints against him for alleged domestic violence dating back to 2014, but it remains unclear if any of the complaints came from Armstrong.

In an April 2021 report, a woman accused Wilson of choking her during an argument.

Another complaint in September 2014 was filed by Wilson’s ex-wife, sources told the Post, who claimed he choked her and pushed her against the wall after grabbing her phone.

Police said the investigation is ongoing as they question Wilson about Armstrong’s murder.

The murder occurred on Irving Place, shockingly close to some of New York's East Village's busy hubs, including NYU's University Hall dormitories and Union Square, which has one of the busiest subway stations in the city

The murder occurred on Irving Place, shockingly close to some of New York’s East Village’s busy hubs, including NYU’s University Hall dormitories and Union Square, which has one of the busiest subway stations in the city

She was reportedly walking home from work at IHOP (pictured) in Gramercy Park in New York

She was reportedly walking home from work at IHOP (pictured) in Gramercy Park in New York

Detectives stand at the scene and discuss the crime as the situation is still under investigation

Detectives stand at the scene and discuss the crime as the situation is still under investigation

Police responding to an 911 call around 5am Thursday found the victim unconscious with a bullet to the head.

The NYPD Crime Scene Unit quickly erected a tent to protect the body from onlookers near the corner of East 14th Street and Irving Place.

A street vendor named Manny told the Post he was “cooking” when he “heard a loud bang.”

‘ I said, ‘Oh shit, what was that?’ I thought it was a car or a truck [that] crashed. I ran outside and saw the lady on the sidewalk,” he said.

He claimed there was “some commotion” before the shooting.

It was the second murder in New York’s 13th Ward in two days when Jamal Burton, a 38-year-old man from East New York, was stabbed to death near Chelsea.

Burton reportedly got into an argument with his killer, which turned into an altercation that resulted in the other man repeatedly stabbing Burton in the chest, killing him.

Crime is up 35 percent in the Big Apple as many random attacks continue to terrorize New Yorkers

Crime is up 35 percent in the Big Apple as many random attacks continue to terrorize New Yorkers

While shootings and homicides have declined slightly, major crime in NYC is up 36% year over year.

Rapes rose 10 percent from 892 to 989 and criminal assaults rose 19.5 percent from 13,086 to 15,640, NYPD statistics show.

“It’s a shame,” Manny told the Post. ‘These people kill each other. They kill someone and the system leaves them behind. They’re right back on the road doing the same thing all over again.

‘It’s crazy. You got some sick, screwed up people out here.”

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Emma Colton

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