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Posted at 05:45 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Manassas man linked to grisly NYC slaying

Raul Barrera. (New York Daily News Archive - NY DAILY NEWS VIA GETTY IMAGES)
A horrific homicide that has been the sensation of the New York tabloids this week allegedly involves a former Manassas man who reportedly called his father in Northern Virginia after the stabbing, and the father convinced him to surrender.

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. 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.

By  |  05:45 AM ET, 04/13/2011

Categories:  Manassas, Crime | Tags:  Raul Barrera, Sarah Colt, Virginia

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