Here’s what we know at this point about what happened inside a Lower East Side apartment building this morning. A 29-year old woman was found around 10 a.m. in a pool of blood at 191 Orchard Street – at the foot of the stairwell on the first floor. She had knife woulds to the neck and had fallen down at least one flight of stairs. The victim was rushed to Beth Israel Hospital, but doctors could not save her.
This afternoon, we’re told, the Medical Examiner is trying to determine whether she died from injuries suffered during the fall or from the knife wounds. A “law enforcement official with knowledge of the case” told the Wall Street Journal that the woman was staying in the apartment building temporarily and was estranged from her husband. According to the Journal’s source, “the woman’s roommate told investigators he had spoken to the woman Monday morning by phone while he was at work and that she had sounded distraught.”
The husband or boyfriend is currently being interviewed by police about the events that led up to this morning’s tragedy. He is not necessarily considered a suspect. A knife was found at the scene. Police are not sure whether someone slashed the victim or whether she used the knife on herself.
A building resident, Lippy Khair, told the Daily News what she obswerved upon coming across the bloody scene earlier today. “She had blood on her face… It seems like she fell. She was bleeding out of her head.”