The stabbing deaths of a Brooklyn couple may have been related to a dispute at their religious supply store of candles and scented oils in a nearby section of Brownsville, the police said on Thursday.
No arrests have been made in the deaths of Hazel Brown and Stephenson Bonaparte, both from Trinidad, who were stabbed Wednesday night in and outside their home on the 200 block of Winthrop Street near Prospect Park in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
“We’re not saying it’s a robbery, a robbery gone bad, a home invasion; it’s not the issue,” said Robert K. Boyce, the chief of detectives for the New York Police Department. “We think it’s something else,” he said without elaborating.
He said detectives were looking into an argument the couple had with a customer earlier in the day at their store, King Soloman Religious Store on Rutland Road, which the couple had operated for years and where Mr. Bonaparte was known as a pastor.