Woman found dead New York: Man, 55, in police custody after body found wrapped in plastic and sleeping bag

KIPS BAY, Manhattan (WABC) — A 55-year-old man has been arrested after the body of 31-year-old Yazmeen Williams was found in a sleeping bag in Kips Bay last week.

The medical examiner’s office determined that Williams was shot in the head and her death was ruled a homicide.

Chad Irish faces multiple charges including concealing a body, illegal possession of a weapon and making threats.

Police say Irish threatened a 47-year-old man who identified him at the Strauss Houses on East 28th Street, where Williams’ body was found.

He has not been charged in connection with Williams’ death, but an investigation is ongoing.

Irish has 21 arrests on his record dating back to the early 1990s and has been sent to state prison multiple times.

He was most recently released on parole for a robbery in the Bronx in July 2022.

The community where the woman was found is outraged. On Monday night, a crowd swarmed Irish as he was carried out of his home on a stretcher and arrested, shouting “murder,” cursing, throwing punches and asking why he would kill a woman who grew up in the area and who, by all accounts, never had a problem with anyone.

Investigators believe Irish is the man in a power wheelchair seen in a video Friday using the wheelchair to drag a body to the side of East 27th Street and leave it there.

Meanwhile, family and friends continue to mourn the loss of a loved one as a makeshift memorial site has been set up.

Williams’ family described her as someone who wanted to be an advocate for women and a part of the justice system fighting for victims’ rights.

“She was beautiful, she was sweet, she was college-educated, she was just a good person,” said the victim’s aunt, Nisha Ramirez.

Senator Kristen Gonzalez, Assemblyman Harvey Epstein, and Councilwoman Carlina Rivera issued a joint statement on Williams’ death, saying they too are grieving and outraged:

“Our hearts go out to Yazmeen’s family, especially her mother, Nicole Williams, who has shown tremendous strength during this unimaginable time. Yazmeen was a bright and talented individual who graduated from Buffalo State University with a degree in criminal justice and had just embarked on a promising career with the New York City Housing Authority. The loss of someone so deeply committed to her neighbors is immeasurable. This tragedy has left a void in the hearts of all who knew and loved her.”

The statement said residents of the Straus Houses have requested the installation of more security cameras to increase safety, and lawmakers will do everything they can to improve safety.


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