Manassas man linked to grisly NYC slaying


Raul Barrera. (New York Daily News Archive/NY DAILY NEWS VIA GETTY IMAGES)

Both the New York Post and Daily News are reporting that Sarah Coit, 23, was nearly decapitated inside her Lower East Side apartment in Manhattan early Sunday. Her live-in boyfriend, Raul Barrera, 33, was arrested later Sunday as he was headed to Penn Station. The Post called Barrera “the sicko accused of decapitating his girlfriend,” and quoted a prosecutor as saying Barrera “violently and horribly stabbed her to death” and “walked out of the apartment while she was still alive.”

Assistant DA William Beesch said Barrera called his father in Virginia, then “went to the 9th Precinct and walked in and said he stabbed his girlfriend,” the Daily News reported. InsideNova.com is reporting that Barrera’s father lives in Manassas and did not answer the door Tuesday. Raul Barrera is charged with second-degree murder and is being held without bond. He worked in public relations, the Post and Daily News said.

InsideNova’s story is here.

The Daily News has the most complete coverage here and in this follow-up.

New York Post on the murder and the arraignment.

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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