A career criminal is on the run after he was seen early Friday wheeling the corpse of his 26-year-old wife on a dolly down a Staten Island sidewalk.
A neighbor called an NYPD detective acquaintance after seeing Anthony Lopez, 31, pushing the woman’s body on a wood-and-metal dolly on Post Lane near Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor just after 7am, according to police.
The detective, called for back up, recognized Lopez because he had arrested him in the past. Lopez fled as soon as he saw the cops and has not been caught, police said.
The body of Lopez’s wife, Obiamaka Aduba, 26, was wrapped in a sheet and showed signs of trauma, cops said. The city Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine how she died.
Sources said Lopez, a member of the Bloods, called his brother Friday morning and confessed to killing his wife. The couple had a tumultuous relationship, with cops repeatedly visiting their home over the years, police sources said.
Supreme Coleman, 30, was asleep when a detective knocked on his door.
“The cart was in front. The body was kind of like half off the cart. There was a big back bag, like a suitcase, a rope, and a blanket with blood on it on the cart. It looked like … he was trying to camouflage it or something,” he said, adding he couldn’t see the body clearly.
Coleman said Lopez has psychiatric issues, smoked crack and abused his wife. “There’s something not right in his brain,” he said. “He was always hitting on her. She used to always have little lumps and bumps,” he said.
Witness, Cherise Taylor said she saw the body after Lopez ran off as she was taking her kids to school.
“I saw the body on the lawn. She was half naked. She didn’t have a top. She was wearing pants. She was wrapped in an old curtain or something. He’s a crackhead. We’re just in shock it happened on our block. A lot of us are frantic and fearful,” she said.
Police released a photo of Lopez Friday afternoon and asked for the public’s help finding him.
He has been arrested 52 previous times, 15 of which are sealed. The prior arrests included charges of robbery, theft, assault, drugs, grand larceny and criminal contempt. He was most recently arrested on the 30th April for fare evasion in Brownsville, Brooklyn, police said.
- In 2005, his brother, Joseph, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Gen. Douglas MacArthur Park in Dongan Hills.
- In 2007, when Lopez was 23, he punched his girlfriend in the face and locked himself in his house, officials said. Cops laid siege to the house for four hours before he was taken down by an NYPD K-9 unit.
- In 2010, he was convicted of criminal contempt, and was sent to prison. He got out in July 2012.
- In 2014, he was arrested for gunpoint robbery of a cell phone on in Tompkinsville. He allegedly kicked and punched his 27-year-old victim repeatedly. Lopez had a hypodermic needle in his pocket when cops caught up to him, officials said.
His wife had been arrested 19 times, sources said.
Lopez posted an image to his Facebook page in 2012 of an ID card he used while he was incarcerated.
“Did some time, I’m tryna get my life together. I have a daughter and must take care of … Don’t get it twisted. I’m not proud of the time I did. I posted the picture because I got nothing to hide,” he wrote.
In February, he posted a picture of his back with what appears to be scars from knife wounds.
Lopez, tried to disguise himself after police distributed a photo of him, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said.
Police were on a manhunt for Lopez, he was apprehended on Saturday.
“He did shave his head and attempt to alter his appearance,” said Boyce.
An NYPD Crime Stoppers tip led police to East Harlem, where the Staten Island resident was found on First Ave. and E. 113th St. He was apprehended after a brief chase and brought to the 121st Precinct stationhouse on Staten Island for questioning, officials said.
Lopez has been charged with second-degree murder and concealment of a human corpse in connection with the incident.
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Source: NY Daily News
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