These are photos of 26-year-old Obiamaka Aduba who was allegedly strangled by her husband, Anthony Lopez, 31. The photos obtained by the Advance from her Facebook page, one taken inside and another outside — depict Aduba with long dark hair and a serious look on her face.
Her husband, Anthony Lopez, 31, is the man police believe wheeled her lifeless body down a Mariners Harbor street a metal dolly on Friday after he allegedly strangled her to death.
Arraigned in Richmond County Supreme Court before Judge William Garnett on Sunday, Lopez plead not guilty to second degree murder. He was remanded on homicide without bail.
Lopez was also arraigned on criminal mischief charges from earlier this month.
Published reports say Lopez beat her in the past and had her work as a prostitute. Her mother tried to help her, reports say, to no avail. When reached by telephone on Sunday, a woman who identified herself as Aduba’s mother refused to talk about her daughter’s brutal death.
Lopez, 31, was apprehended in East Harlem’s 23rd Precinct on Saturday. He was taken into custody following a manhunt using helicopters and dogs.
Police said they found Lopez while acting on a tip and that he was arrested following a brief foot chase. They added that he had shaved his head to disguise his appearance.
Cops had been searching for Lopez since early Friday morning when an off-duty police officer observed him wheeling Aduba’s lifeless body on a metal dolly in Mariners Harbor, police said.
The officer reportedly recognized Lopez because he had arrested him in the past. The officer approached Lopez, who then dumped the body in front of a home on Post Lane and fled, according to cops.
Aduba was wrapped in a sheet and had bruising on her body, but it wasn’t immediately clear if the marks had anything to do with her death. The city medical examiner will determine the cause of death.
Lopez has a lengthy criminal history, including 34 prior arrests, 15 of which are sealed. Those prior arrests include charges of robbery, theft and assault, police said.
Also see more photos of the suspect.
Source: Advance Digital/silive.com