The body of great-grandmother Ella-Nae Bias is taken out by the medical examiner’s office after she was bludgeoned to death inside the Lillian Wald Houses on E. 4th St.
(Ross Keith/New York Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 1:00 PM
Ella-Nae Bias, 83, opened her heart to her troubled great-grandson — and he repaid her kindness by binding her to a chair and beating her until that loving heart stopped.
Now, as a close-knit family comes to grip with the loss of their beloved matriarch, members of her Alphabet City community are demanding blood.
“If I see the kid I would break his neck,” said Moses Ware, a neighbor of the elderly Bias. “That lady was so nice.”
The senior’s great-grandchild, Gary Bias, was in court on Saturday facing murder charges.
He is accused of duct-taping Bias’ wrists and ankles to a chair before beating her to death inside her apartment at the Lillian Wald Houses on E. Fourth St. Friday afternoon.
He also lured her mother into the apartment, where he bound and beat her in a botched robbery attempt.
Cops arrested Bias as he fled the area over the Williamsburg Bridge into Brooklyn.
“It’s a sad situation, I just want to cry and scream,” said one of the senior’s neighbors, who wished not to be named. “It’s so unbelievable for a grandson to kill his grandmother. When you’re 82 years old how can you defend yourself from your own blood?”
Stunned family members said Bias lived her entire life in the Lillian Wald Houses.
“She lived her whole life in that apartment,” said one of her grandsons, who wished not to be named. “She had all of her kids there and looked after her grandkids there. She was the main branch of the family.”
Bias had six children, but one died at a young age, family members said.
The rest of her children — three daughters and two sons — and grandchildren lived close by and would often visit the elderly woman.
“Everyone was close with her,” her grandson said. “If anyone wanted something to be done, she was the one to do it. She was a good person.”
She was also an avid fan of the CBS soap “Young and the Restless.”
Bias was killed insider her apartment at the Lillian Wald Houses on E. Fourth St.
“That was her favorite show,” he said. “She never missed an episode and every time you came by her house at 12:30 p.m., you were going to watch ‘Young and the Restless’ with her.”
The hour-long drama may have just ended when Gary Bias came to his great grandmother’s house looking for some money and clothes.
The bruiser — a career felon who has been arrested 16 times — allegedly bound her to a chair and punched her repeatedly in the face and chest, banged her head against the floor and covered her mouth, police said.
He then called his 39-year-old mother, claiming that his great-grandmother wanted to see her.
When his mother arrived, Gary Bias “was lying in wait,” a police source with knowledge of the case said.
The friendly senior was already dead when her granddaughter arrived, the source said.
Police said the son overpowered his mother, beat and kicked her and then bound her to a chair, her mouth covered in duct tape.
When she finally stopped resisting, he left the apartment about 5:30 p.m., cops said. His mom was able to free herself and bang on neighbors doors, begging for someone to call police.
Gary Bias’ arraignment was pending Saturday.
Police said that his last arrest was in November, when he attacked his 42-year-old step-father with a mini-baseball bat, cops said.
Neighbors said they knew Gary — but never realized he could be so violent.
“That kid had a good upbringing, you would never suspect this of him,” neighbor Tyrone Bethea said. “The kid was a quiet, loving kid, but I guess he was a walking time bomb. I know know what set him off. He looked like he had a lot of things bottled up.”