A 29-year-old Manhattan man who met a transgender Queens woman in an online chat room was tracked down in Las Vegas and charged with her killing.
Rasheen Everett was taken into custody Friday in connection with the strangulation of 29-year-old Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar.
Everett was charged with second degree murder and tampering with evidence. Other charges are pending. He is expected to be arraigned later today.
Everett was also wanted in Brockton, Mass., for the attempted murder of his ex wife, whom he strangled, according to police.
And what gave him away? Using Ms Gonzalez-Andujar’s cellphone which he appears to have stolen (along with her laptop and perhaps other possessions):
[Detectives] tracked his cell phone activity to Las Vegas, where he had fled.
He was seen on video leaving Gonzalez-Andujar’s apartment building with her laptop and suitcase. Investigators believe he took the computer to prevent them from discovering e-mails between him and the victim.
Police say Everett was also in possession of the victim’s cell phone. Additional cell phone records linked Everett to the victim.
It’s hard not to think of Allen Andrade stealing Angie Zapata’s phone and debit cards and driving around in her car in the days between Ms Zapata’s murder and Mr Andrade’s arrest.
Watch this space for yet another attempt at using the trans panic defence when the case comes to court, no doubt.
Further updates to follow as and when available.
Previous related posts:
- New York: woman murdered for being a woman (April 2, 2010)
Cross-posted at Questioning Transphobia