MARINERS HARBOR, Staten Island (WABC) -- A man has been charged with murder and concealing a corpse after his common-law wife's body was found on a dolly Friday on Staten Island.
31-year-old Anthony Lopez was arrested Saturday. He went before a judge Saturday night after being transferred from the 121st Precinct following his arrest in East Harlem.
The NYPD says Lopez fled Friday morning after an off-duty detective saw him wheeling the corpse, identified as 26-year-old Aduba Obiamaka, covered with a sheet, on Staten Island and tried to question him.
Police say that officers, acting on a tip, located Lopez in Manhattan and arrested him after chasing him several blocks. They say he had shaved his head.
The 31-year-old is no stranger to law enforcement - he has 52 prior arrests dating back to 2007. His wife reportedly has 19 prior arrests herself, and the couple has 4 domestic violence incidents on file with police.
According to the Medical Examiner, Obiamaka was asphyxiated.
Before Lopez was transferred to the police precinct, he went to a hospital to deal with drug withdrawal problems.
Eyewitness News is told that Lopez called his brother making statements indicating he had killed his wife.
(Some information from the Associated Press)
Man charged with murder after wife's body found on dolly on Staten Island