Man arrested on murder charges after woman hacked to death with axe

Clay Curtis
April 23, 2019

Police said the attacks were not random and that the three all knew each other. The 21-year-old was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The woman told them there was a dead body inside her apartment.

The New York Post reports that the woman, 21, called an Uber to a building within New York City Housing Authority's Bushwick Houses, and got into the waiting auto shortly before 1:30am, police sources said.

The partially decapitated body of a young woman was found early Saturday in a Brooklyn apartment where police also discovered a 4-year-old girl who was unharmed after her mother fled with lacerations on her head and body, according to a law enforcement official.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., police responded to a call of an aided female outside the Bushwick Houses located at 811 Flushing Ave.

EMS pronounced Rivera dead at the scene.

Police found the dead woman almost decapitated.

Authorities recovered an axe from a trash compactor at the public housing complex in the Bushwick neighborhood, and said it is part of the investigation.

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A 4-year-old girl found in a separate bedroom was not hurt.

Hours later, crime scene investigators could be seen inside the building, which was sealed off, dusting for fingerprints and examining the lobby. He faces several charges including second degree murder, second degree attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, police said Sunday morning.

Rivera's family says they believe Brown was the surviving victim's boyfriend.

She was taken to hospital for evaluation and observation.

The two women were either friends or relatives, police said.

Crime technicians carried bags of presumed evidence to police vehicles.

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