The month-long manhunt for the killer of a dismembered woman came to a shocking conclusion when her landlord, Leah Cuevas, 42, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Police witnesses say Cuevas confronted Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne during the 4th of July holiday weekend and the mother of four went missing directly after the argument.
Shortly after, Browne’s body parts began turning up one by one.
Leah Cuevas, 42, was apprehended by a U.S. Marshal yesterday. She is accused of killing Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, a woman who has been missing for weeks. Cuevas and Browne lived in the same Brownsville apartment building.
Some human remains were found in Bay Shore, near the Fire Island Ferry parking lot, earlier this month. A few days later, a severed arm was found in a Hempstead front yard, then the day after that, more body parts were found, also in Hempstead.
Last week, a head was found. It was suspected that the remains belonged to Browne, 27; a Post report said that a tattoo on one of the arms matched a tattoo Browne has.
NBC New York reports, “Sources told NBC 4 New York Wednesday night that that the suspect may have had a dispute with Browne before her death. Investigators are also looking to see if a second person played a role in disposing the victim’s body and plan to question Cuevas’ husband about the case.”
Continue on through the gallery to pictures of the gruesome crime scene.
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