Prosecutors in New York Metropolis on Wednesday filed housebreaking and homicide fees in opposition to a person accused of brutally murdering a 35-year-old Asian lady in her personal condominium final month.
Assamad Nash, 25, stands accused of murdering Christina Yuna Lee, who was stabbed some 40 occasions inside her toilet through the early morning hours on Feb. 13, 2022. The suspect was arrested after allegedly barricading himself contained in the sufferer’s Chrystie Road condominium constructing and making an attempt to flee down a hearth escape.
Nash was initially criminally charged after being publicly walked into jail on Valentine’s Day. Wednesday’s fees come by the use of a proper New York State Supreme Courtroom indictment. (In New York, the Supreme Courtroom is a trial-level bench that may hear myriad circumstances inside a given county; the very best courtroom is the New York State Courtroom of Appeals.)
“At present’s indictment marks the start of our pursuit of justice within the identify of Christina Yuna Lee, a vibrant and beloved New Yorker who shouldn’t have had her life minimize quick in such a violent, surprising method in her own residence,” Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg stated in a press launch. “Ms. Yuna Lee’s dying not solely devastated her family members, however struck worry into the hearts of our AAPI neighbors, who’ve already suffered far an excessive amount of ache lately. All New Yorkers need to be secure and safe, and we’ll guarantee accountability for this mindless homicide.”
Based on prosecutors, Nash, a homeless man who had just lately been residing at a shelter within the close by Bowery neighborhood, watched his alleged sufferer from the road as she entered her constructing at round 4:20 a.m. on the day in query. He then allegedly adopted her inside and up six flights of stairs. As Yuna Lee opened her door, Nash then allegedly ran up behind her and shoved his manner inside.
Two minutes later, neighbors phoned 911, describing sounds of a battle, together with a lady’s voice screaming for assist, the DA says. Finally, officers from the NYPD’s fifth Precinct, roughly three blocks away, arrived on the sufferer’s door. Based on Bragg, arriving officers “heard her calling for assist inside, however couldn’t achieve entry.”
Legislation enforcement broke the door down at roughly 5:40 a.m., however by then it was far too late for the artistic producer who used her skilled work for Splice and reportedly spent her free time raising awareness for and fighting against anti-Asian hatred.
I’ll miss you a lot Christina pic.twitter.com/HqgS1DzOAu
— stream “Interference” (@kennethtakanami) February 14, 2022
“Because of this all of us really feel scared and indignant and so unhappy,” New York State Meeting Member Yuh-Line Niou (D), who presently represents Chinatown within the Empire State’s decrease legislature together with nearly all of the neighborhoods in Decrease Manhattan, informed Legislation&Crime in an interview final month. “Asian-Individuals really feel like we have now a goal on our backs. Folks in our personal nation, state, metropolis, and neighborhood hate us. It’s scary and upsetting to reside day-after-day questioning if that is the day you’ll be murdered merely for being Asian-American.”
Yuna Lee’s assailant has not been charged with a hate crime, nevertheless, and might not be, although group leaders in New York Metropolis’s numerous Chinatowns insist that doesn’t diminish the worry that Asian ladies, particularly, presently really feel throughout the nation proper now.
Based on the DA’s workplace, the defendant was first noticed by regulation enforcement with a yellow object in his hand whereas making an attempt to exit via a window however went again inside when he noticed a police officer on the roof above. As officers lastly made their manner via the sufferer’s entrance door, the DA stated, Nash was discovered hiding beneath a mattress. A bloodied “yellow-handled kitchen knife” was allegedly discovered hidden behind a dresser.
The deceased lady’s physique was present in her bathtub with a minimum of 40 stab wounds to her torso, head and neck.
Nash has been charged with one rely of homicide within the first diploma, one rely of housebreaking within the first diploma, and one rely of housebreaking as a sexually motivated felony. He faces life in jail if convicted.
The case in opposition to the defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant D.A. Dafna Yoran underneath the supervision of Govt Assistant D.A. Joyce Smith. Assistant D.A. Dasha Kabakova has additionally been aiding.
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