Live-in beau Tigren Tambiev hunted in slay of Queens sculptor Susan Woolf
BY HENRICK KAROLISZYN , JONATHAN LEMIRE AND ERIN DURKIN / DAILY NEWS WRITERS
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2009, 11:05 PM
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Artist Susan Woolf, 49, was found slain in her Queens flat last week. Cops say live-in boyfriend Tigren Tambiev (below) is prime suspect.
Cops are hunting for the boyfriend of a Queens artist found brutally slashed and bound with packing tape, police sources said Sunday.
Live-in beau Tigren Tambiev is the lead suspect in the murder of sculptor Susan Woolf, 49, sources said.
Woolf had a restraining order out against Tambiev, and friends said they had a rocky relationship.
"She had an obsessive relationship with him," said one of the friends who discovered Woolf's body in her Long Island City kitchen, adding that Tambiev, a furniture mover, had a severe drinking problem.
"We didn't want her to stay [in the apartment]. But she wouldn't listen, even though she was afraid for her life," the friend said.
Woolf had given the friend keys to her Long Island City apartment, pleading, "If you don't hear from me, check on me."
Cops were called to the home over a domestic dispute in September, but no one was arrested.
Friends got worried after Woolf didn't show up for plans on Friday and Saturday and went to check on her.
Woolf was found with several stab wounds to her back and torso. The tape was wrapped around her neck.
"I was afraid for my life," the friend said. "I thought [the killer] was still in the building."
Cops are checking for fingerprints on the tape that was wrapped around the victim's neck, sources said.
Woolf and Tambiev moved in together as roommates last summer.
Their relationship became romantic, said her friend Melinda Caudill, 34.
"She thought she was meeting the love of her life," Caudill said. But when she asked how things were going a few weeks ago, "her response was awkward, like something was wrong. ... I was worried about her.
"It's absolutely horrific," she said.
Woolf moved from Massachusetts, where she had a son from a previous relationship, to New York in recent years to pursue her art career, friends said.
Deaf in one ear, she doted on her service dog, a poodle named Angus.
She was known for her bronze sculptures and installations in public spots using sticks, leaves and flowers - many with an environmental theme.
"She had that gift. She had that draw," Caudill said. "She was getting to a point in her career where it was the pinnacle. Now we'll never know what could have happened."
NYPD releases picture of wanted suspect Tigran Tambiev in slay of sculptor Susan Woolf
BY HENRICK KAROLISZYN AND ROCCO PARASCANDOLA / DAILY NEWS WRITERS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2009, 2:13 AM
The NYPD released a second photo Monday of the wanted boyfriend of slain sculptor Susan Woolf.
Cops want to question Tigran Tambiev, 43, after finding Woolf slashed, with packing tape around her neck. Police sources said he is believed to be the killer.
Tambiev, a furniture mover, has a heavy drinking problem, Woolf's friends have said, and had a rocky relationship with the artist, 49, who was deaf in one ear. They were living together - with her service dog, Angus, a poodle - at least until recently.
"She was on top of the world over this guy," a friend, Melinda Caudill, 34, of Astoria, said. "But I didn't feel the same way at all."
Tambiev is 5-feet-8 and 145 pounds, with green eyes and brownish blond hair. He was last seen wearing a black waist-length jacket, blue jeans and boots. He also has a 2-inch cut under his left eye.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.