February 13, 2022
CHINATOWN, New York City—A woman was fatally stabbed to death inside her Chinatown apartment early Sunday morning after her alleged killer followed her home—her final moments captured on chilling surveillance footage.
Footage showed the African-American male suspect following the 35-year-old victim on the street as she enters her Chrystie Street apartment building, following close behind as she opens the front door and walks into the hallway.
Minutes later, a neighbor across the hallway of the victim’s sixth-floor apartment called 911 around 4:30 a.m. after hearing her screams during the brutal stabbing, reports the New York Post.
“We’ve got cameras on every floor and in the front here,” the owner of the building stated. “She got out of a cab right here and he followed her. He grabbed the front door just before it closed. He followed her all the way up, hanging back, staying one floor behind her all the way up to the sixth floor.
“Then, he waited until her door was just about closed and he went in.”
UPDATE: 35YO victim is Korean American, just got out of cab. Suspect followed her up 6 flights of stairs. Neighbors heard screaming, called 911. Police found her w/ stab wounds throughout her body. Suspect is 25YO Assamad Nash. Homeless; arrested several times including assaults. https://t.co/f0zEt0GOxS pic.twitter.com/ovGpeEe6B3— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) February 13, 2022
The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification. She was found in the bathtub “bleeding from multiple wounds of the body,” according to an NYPD spokesman.
Authorities are acknowledging the victim is an Asian woman, however, they do not suspect the incident was racially motivated.
“So much blood,” the building’s owner said. “My wife said I should call someone to clean all the blood but I’m going to clean it up myself. It’s the least I can do for that poor girl.”
Responding police officers found the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Assamad Nash, still inside the apartment and covered in blood. Nash allegedly tried to flee the scene via fire escape before barricading himself inside the building, reports The Post.
Nash is a homeless career criminal with three open cases and a record of several escapes from police custody, according to The Post.
He was arrested around 6 a.m. and taken to Bellevue Hospital. Nash has more than a half-dozen other arrests dating back to 2015.
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