Police: Baldwin murder victim a Craigslist prostitute, killed with hammer

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Friday, November 25, 2016

BALDWIN, New York (WABC) -- Details are emerging in a horrific murder on Long Island after a woman was found beaten to death behind a business Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities say the victim was a 25-year-old woman hired for sex on CraigsList Tuesday night who was bludgeoned with a hammer, and the suspect -- 36-year-old Raphael Oyague -- dumped her body in the weeds behind his apartment building.

"There was supposed to be compensation for that sex," Nassau County Detective Captain John Azzata said. "There was an argument that ensued, and the subject ultimately hit our victim with a hammer multiple times."

The victim has been identified by police as Deeana M. Wingender, 25 of Syosset.

Two delivery workers found the body around 12:40 p.m., and Nassau County detectives tracked the victim's blood trail to his back door and placed him under arrest.

Oyague -- who has four prior arrests for criminal contempt of an order of protection, assault and DWI -- is charged with second-degree murder.

The victim is from Long Island, but police are still trying to notify her family. She reportedly has a history with police, but they would not elaborate.