A 27-year-old woman who allegedly stabbed her boyfriend’s elderly father to death in his Manhattan apartment has claimed she did it because he raped her.
Jerry Fox, 71, was found dead in a pool of his own blood with cuts to his neck, torso, legs and hands in the early hours of Wednesday morning when cops responded to multiple 911 calls for the apartment building on Seaman Avenue near West 207th Street in Inwood.
Cassandra Carter, the girlfriend of Fox’s adopted son, was spotted trying to flee the crime scene via a fire escape ladder before she stopped and told officers she ‘did what she had to do’ because he had raped her, authorities said.
“I think he’s dead. I cut him and he cut me,” said Carter, 27. “I sprayed him with roach spray. He’s in the apartment where I left him.”
Police received multiple 911 calls from the building on Seaman Ave. near W. 207th St., at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Arriving officers saw the fire escape ladder pulled down to the ground, and Carter standing nearby.
Carter was arrested on a second-degree murder charge Wednesday night, and was arraigned Thursday.
Hours before his death, Fox knocked on a neighbor’s door around dinnertime, begging to use his phone to call the police, the neighbor told the News Wednesday.
“His son’s girlfriend had locked herself in his bedroom with his phone,” the neighbor recalled. “He came out of his apartment and asked to use our phone. He called the police. He was physically scared of her because she’s big and strong.”
When asked for more context about whether Carter’s rape allegation affected the second-degree murder charge, police spokesman Sgt. Edward Riley said: “The NYPD takes sexual assault and rape cases extremely seriously, and urges anyone who has been a victim to file a police report so we can perform a comprehensive investigation, and offer support and services to survivors.”
Carter was ordered held without bail at the Thursday hearing.