Crime scene where woman was hacked up looked like something out of a horror movie: neighbor

The blood-spattered Brooklyn crime scene where a young woman was dismembered with a meat cleaver and stuffed into two suitcases looked straight out of a horror movie, a shocked neighbor told the Post.

“When I realized what was going on, I fell to the ground [to the apartment] to ask the detective, and he opened the door and it was like something in a movie, not something you see in real life,” neighbor Stephanie Harris, who was a friend of the victim, told the Post Thursday of the grisly Scene.

“Blood everywhere, gallons of blood. It was evil. You can imagine what happened to her, you know she was fighting for her life. There was blood spatter.”

The apparent remains of the 22-year-old victim were found Wednesday after two security guards conducted a wellness check at the home on behalf of a local nonprofit program for abused women.

Body parts found in Brooklyn apartment.
Investigators and the coroner were at the scene after discovering dismembered body parts in several suitcases.
Paul Martinka
Authorities on site on Wednesday.
Authorities on site on Wednesday.
Paul Martinka
Stephanie Harris, left, and Tierra Banputten react to the terrifying discovery.
Stephanie Harris (left) and Tierra Banputten react to the terrifying discovery.
Gabriella Bass
The dismembered body of a 22-year-old woman was found in two suitcases in a Brooklyn apartment on Wednesday.
The dismembered body was found in two suitcases in a Brooklyn apartment.

The young woman had not been seen for a week and on Sunday neighbors began smelling a foul odor on the floor where she was staying.

“At first we thought it was the garbage chute, the superstar said ‘no, I cleaned it,’ then the smell for three days, it just got worse,” Harris said.

“Everyone on my floor started looking for a rat, a mouse that got in the pipes or whatever, and it just died.”

When security forces showed up at the home, they were turned away by the victim’s apparent boyfriend, who fled before police arrived.

They later gained access to the unit and immediately saw “blood everywhere” and called the police, NYPD Police Chief James Essig said Thursday.

Neighbors said the tragic woman had long been violently abused by her boyfriend, who is believed to be a person of interest in the murder and is the subject of a police manhunt.

“She used to say he banged her head in the house, like ‘why do you have people in our store,’ he broke things in the house, she was like, ‘It’s not your money.’ [and he would say] ‘I don’t give a shit, you’re mine, so everything that’s yours is mine,'” Harris recalled.

She said the neighbors heard the man repeat the same chilling threat over and over again: “The only way out is if your mother bury you, b-ch.”

“He always said it in the hallway, we always heard it,” Harris said.

“And you felt it.”

Another neighbor, who declined to give his name, said he once saw blood coming from the woman’s home.

“I just got home from work, I go upstairs and I see a whole trail of blood, lots and lots of blood, just a trail from her apartment to the front door. Downstairs they argue, fight,” the neighbor recalled.

“About a week or two ago I heard rioting, lots of fighting and nothing since.”

Harris, a domestic violence survivor, recalled how frightened the woman was.

“He used to come, we heard him knock on the door as he tried to get in. [Once] He locked her out of her own apartment. She’s leaving for a few weeks fearing for her life,” Harris said.

“She said a few weeks ago, ‘I’m tired of looking over my shoulder.’ She was going to go to work one day and got in a cab and looked back because she’s so scared.”

The coroner has yet to determine whether the remains belong to the woman or the cause of death. Crime scene where woman was hacked up looked like something out of a horror movie: neighbor


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