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New York man admits stalking, then stabbing woman 40 times in murder, sparking fears of anti-Asian attacks

New York man admits stalking, then stabbing woman 40 times in murder, sparking fears of anti-Asian attacks
New York man admits stalking, then stabbing woman 40 times in murder, sparking fears of anti-Asian attacks

Assamad Nash pleaded guilty to both second-degree murder and first-degree burglary as a sexually motivated crime



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A New York City man accused of stalking and stabbing a woman 40 times in her Chinatown apartment in 2022 has pleaded guilty to several charges in connection with the killing, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

On June 18, Assamad Nash, 27, pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to one count of second-degree murder and first-degree burglary as a sexually motivated crime, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. said in a news release. He is expected to be sentenced to 30 years to life in state prison on July 30.

According to court documents cited in the press release, which Nash also admitted in his guilty plea, the terrifying incident unfolded when Christina Yuna Lee, 35, entered her apartment building near Grand and Chrystie Streets at approximately 4:20 a.m. on February 13, 2022.

Related: NYC woman found murdered in bathtub after being followed home, fatally stabbed in her apartment

That early morning, Nash followed Lee into the building and up six flights of stairs to her apartment. There, Nash ran after Lee, forced himself into her apartment and attempted to sexually assault her, the press release said.

The New York Post obtained chilling surveillance footage of the incident at the time, describing it as footage showing Nash walking about six feet away from Lee in a narrow hallway on the way to her apartment.

At 4:22 a.m., Lee’s neighbors called 911 after hearing sounds of a struggle, including Lee screaming for help, the news release said. A few minutes later, New York Police Department officers arrived at Lee’s apartment and heard her screams but were unable to enter.

Meanwhile, Nash attempted to flee the apartment via the fire escape, but went back inside after seeing an officer on the roof above him, the news release said. At 5:40 a.m., officers broke open the apartment door and found Nash hiding under Lee’s mattress, as well as a bloody kitchen knife hidden behind the dresser, authorities said.

In the bathroom, officers found Lee with “at least 40 stab wounds, including to her head, neck and torso,” the release said. Lee was pronounced dead at the scene.

Nash was initially charged in criminal court with first-degree murder and two counts of burglary, PEOPLE previously reported.



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Lee’s killing came about a month after Michelle Go, another Asian American woman, was fatally pushed in front of a subway car, raising fears of attacks on Asian Americans, according to reporting from New York TimesAround that time, the number of hate crimes against Asians documented by the NYPD had doubled from the same period the year before, the newspaper reported.

In a GoFundMe campaign set up after her death, Lee’s loved ones said she was killed by a “senseless act of violence” after returning from a night out with friends.

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“Christina was full of life,” wrote fundraising organizer Angela Yujin Lee on behalf of the Lee family. “She radiated positivity, joy and love. She supported her friends in everything they did.”

“She did everything she could to let those she loved know she was there for them, never expecting anything in return,” the statement continued. “Her loss is an unfathomable tragedy that her loved ones and her community will struggle with for years to come.”

In announcing the guilty plea, District Attorney Bragg thanked the police and other investigative teams for their work on the case.

“Today, Assamad Nash was held accountable for senselessly taking the life of Christina Yuna Lee after following her to her own home,” he said in the press release. “Ms. Yuna Lee’s family and loved ones were deprived of a daughter, sister and friend. My thoughts are with her family and our community as they continue to recover from this tragedy.”

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