Library Security Guard Fatally Stabbed Remembered As ‘Warm, Welcoming Soul’

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 19, 2020 - 6:25 pm
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SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Rockland community gathered together on Wednesday to remember a security guard who was brutally stabbed to death inside a local library.

Officials say 53-year-old Sandra Wilson was stabbed around 2 p.m. inside the Finklestein Library in Spring Valley after she asked a man to lower the volume on his smartphone.

Authorities say the man became irritated and suddenly attacked, stabbing the woman with a large kitchen knife.

Authorities say 25-year-old Blanchard Glaudin attempted to get away after the attack, but police say several library patrons, including a 15-year-old, held him down until help arrived.

Glaudin was taken into police custody and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges while handcuffed and sporting a bulletproof vest during his hearing Tuesday night.

Soon after the attack, people began to gather outside the library, creating a vigil of candles and flowers in Wilson’s memory.

The mother and grandmother was remembered as being a kind-hearted woman who always had a smile for everyone.

“She was a security guard but she would kill people with kindness,” said New York State Sen. David Carlucci.

He says officials are working towards improving physical infrastructure components of the library to enhance security while still making it a welcoming place for the public.

“We're working together with state officials to make sure that we have the right funding, the right resources, security in place and best practices in place to keep the staff and patrons safe,” Carlucci said.

Employees said Glaudin had been to the library several times before and one worker told CBS2 that the 25-year-old had previously harassed 52-year-old Wilson.

Meanwhile, the quiet community of Spring Valley is still grappling with the brutal attack.

"The world is wicked. I believed it, but the crime just went up totally in Spring Valley. I don't believe something like that would happen. Like I said, it's unbelievable," one woman said.

WCBS 880’s Kristie Keleshian reports the library will remain closed until Feb. 24.