Accused Killer in Chinatown Murder of Christina Yuna Lee is Indicted
Assamad Nash, the 25-year-old homeless man accused of murdering a woman in her Chinatown apartment last month, was indicted in Manhattan Supreme Court yesterday on charges of murder, burglary and sexually motivated burglary.
He plead not guilty to the crime.
Nash allegedly tailed Christina Yuna Lee – a Korean American producer for Splice – into her Chrystie Street apartment on February 13 following a night out at a nearby club, and stabbed her to death with a knife from her kitchen.
Cops said a neighbor across the hall on the top floor of 111 Chrystie Street (just south of Delancey) called 911 at around 4:30am that Sunday morning after hearing the 35-year-old victim screaming. Officers arrived, and after a brief standoff with Nash, found Lee dead in the bathroom, bloody in the tub from roughly forty stab wounds.
What’s more, Nash had been free on supervised release after three arrests in four months for an array of crimes.
New details came to light at the arraignment, though.
According to court documents obtained by the New York Post, Nash allegedly claimed to police officers that he was also a victim, after they found him hiding under the mattress.
“I was trying to help this female getting hurt by other people. I was trying to help the lady,” he told cops, while simultaneously claiming that the attacker stabbed him in the leg before escaping.
If convicted, Nash faces 25 years to life behind bars without parole. His next court date is July 18.