In August 2016, 42-year-old Russian native Viktoria Nasyrova in Brooklyn, New York, visited her friend, 35-year-old Olga Tsvyk, at her home in Queens.
She arrived at the door with a cheesecake as a gift. Hugging her friend in the doorway, passing the homemade cake over, Nasyrova was invited inside and sat with Tsvyk as she sliced the dessert.
The next day, Tsvyk was found by another friend unconscious on the floor. There were pills scattered around her body in an apparent suicide attempt but, when Tsvyk woke up in hospital, she denied trying to take her own life and soon realised her passport, gold ring, wallet and work authorisation form were missing.
Investigators said they tested Nasyrova’s cheesecake to find it laced with a Russian-made tranquilizer called phenazepam.
According to authorities, Nasyrova tried to kill her friend in order to steal her identity. Tsvyk’s only crime? Her features are similar to Nasyrova’s, making her a valuable target.
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“This is a bizarre and twisted crime that could have resulted in the death of a Queens woman — whose only fault was that (they) shared similar features,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said as Nasyrova was indicted earlier this week, New York Daily News reports.