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Headless body in top-price condo; Man found butchered in L.E.S. home

A resident of a Lower East Side luxury building was found dead in his apartment Tuesday — with his head and his limbs chopped off.

Police said that on July 14, around 3:35 p.m., officers responded to a call of a “past assault” inside 265 E. Houston St., near Suffolk St. At this point, police are only saying publicly that they discovered an unconscious and unresponsive male at the scene and that E.M.S. subsequently pronounced him dead.

A worker with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner carrying forensic bags at the crime scene. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
The investigation of the reportedly gruesome crime scene continued into the night. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

However, the New York Post reported grisly details: that the victim was decapitated and that his arms and legs below the knees were removed, and that body parts were found in plastic bags inside the apartment; an electric saw was also reportedly found near the body of the victim, said to be a 34-year-old man.

According to the Post, sources said the victim was the owner of a Nigerian motorcycle-sharing company.

A detective on a phone call at the location. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
Detectives conferring in the building’s lobby. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

“Police were later seen questioning a sobbing woman — who sources identified as the victim’s cousin — in the lobby of the building,” the daily tabloid said.

A police spokesperson told The Village Sun that a relative had discovered the body, and then let responding police into the apartment when they arrived. He said the medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Detectives worked the cordoned-off crime scene. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)
As of Tuesday, with the investigation in its early stages, police were releasing few details publicly about the grisly crime. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)

Police said they are not releasing the victim’s name yet, “pending proper family notification.” It’s possible they may be trying to get in touch with his parents, for example, to let them know first, before releasing his name.

An apartment interior from the victim’s luxury building, 265 E. Houston St.

The 10-story building opened in May 2017. It sports seven two-bedroom apartments, some of which were going for roughly $2.5 million back then. There is also a three-bedroom duplex.

The site was formerly occupied by a Pentecostal church. Demolition of the house of worship in 2010 destabilized an adjacent building, forcing a daycare to vacate its space.

Units in the building sell for millions of dollars. (Photo by Clayton Patterson)


  1. JacDog JacDog July 15, 2020

    Finally –News we can get our teeth into.

  2. Gojira Gojira July 15, 2020

    Love your “Headless Body in Top-Price Condo” headline, referencing the infamous 1980s Post headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar.” Wonder how many will pick up the reference to that decades-old classic?

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