Husband puts dead wife in a trolley and wheels her down New York street after strangling her

Obiamaka Aduba was 26 years old when she was murdered by her husband


Rachael Revesz
New York
Tuesday 24 May 2016 14:26 BST
Police chased Mr Lopez through Harlem and arrested him for second-degree murder
Police chased Mr Lopez through Harlem and arrested him for second-degree murder (New York Police Department)

A man has been arrested after he was caught wheeling the dead body of his wife in a cart down the street in New York.

Anthony Lopez, 31, was charged with second-degree murder of his wife, 26-year-old Obiamaka Aduba.

Mr Lopez had 52 previous arrests, according to the New York Police Department, six of which were related to domestic violence.

The police was also aware the couple had a “domestic history”, as reported by the New York Times.

He strangled his wife to death with a ligature.

Shortly after 7am on Friday morning, a resident called the police to report Mr Lopez wheeling a body on a metal trolley.

He shaved his head to disguise himself from the police but he was arrested on Saturday morning in Harlem.

The 31-year-old from Staten Island was also charged with a misdemeanour complaint from earlier this month, when he threw a brick through the car windshield driven by a person described as a “friend/acquaintance”.

The district attorney of Richmond County, Michael McMahon, said, “Every loss of life is a tragedy, and the horrific circumstances surrounding the victim’s death makes this case no less troubling.”

He encouraged people to call the county’s domestic violence hotline.

According to data from the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, there were 65 intimate partner homicides in 2014.

In the same year, there were also more than 12,000 arrests or arraignments due to intimate partner strangulations.

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