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Kips Bay murder case: Career criminal Chad Irish now charged with murder in case of woman’s remains found in Manhattan

Kips Bay murder case: Career criminal Chad Irish now charged with murder in case of woman’s remains found in Manhattan
Kips Bay murder case: Career criminal Chad Irish now charged with murder in case of woman’s remains found in Manhattan

KIPS BAY, Manhattan (WABC) — A suspect with a long criminal record is awaiting arraignment after being accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a sleeping bag in New York City.

Chad Irish, 55, was already in police custody for allegedly concealing a body and was charged with the murder of 31-year-old Yazmeen Williams.

Williams was found in a sleeping bag in Kips Bay last week.

Irish was charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, second-degree possession of a loaded firearm, and concealment of a human corpse.

Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson asked him about the murder when he was picked up from the 13th Precinct Wednesday night, but he says he did not commit it.

Chad Irish was charged with murder in connection with the remains of a woman found in Kips Bay. He was escorted out of the police station on Wednesday.

The charges were filed after Williams was found dead outside the home at 207 East 27th Street on Friday. Irish was taken into custody on Monday but was not charged with the 31-year-old’s murder until Wednesday.

A new video shows more of the tense moments in which the Kips Bay community, shocked by the killing of one of their own, takes out their anger on Irish as police arrest him.

Police identified him as a suspect after surveillance video showed Irish, who can walk but often uses a motorized wheelchair, dragging the sleeping bag, which appeared to be the same one Williams’ body was found in, down East 27th Street. Williams’ body was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

“This is the worst thing I have ever seen in my life,” said Antowne Frazier.

Frazier grew up in the Straus Houses, where Irish also lives. Three days after police discovered Williams’ body, Frazier confronted Irish in a nearby park.

“I asked, ‘What did you do to the young girl?’ He said he didn’t do anything to the young girl. I was just taking some laundry down that smelled in my house to drop it off,” Frazier said.

Irish insisted that his claim that he had something to do with the murder was just a rumor, but Frazier didn’t believe it.

“I told him, ‘You’re a dead man, you shouldn’t be here.’ He said, ‘Next time you see me, you should be worried about me.’ And then he pulled out a gun,” Frazier said.

Irish left but returned a few hours later, and Frazier says he pulled out the gun again. He called 911 as Irish walked back to the apartment building and got on the elevator.

“Nobody wanted to stand in front of the elevator too long because they might shoot,” Frazier said.

The police were able to catch up with Irish and Frazier was right there.

“He looked like he had seen a ghost,” Frazier said.

What followed was a chaotic exchange of words that was captured on video.

For Frazier, this is all a very obvious incident.

“I also lost a sister to the streets… she was left to die,” he said.

Irish is a so-called career criminal with 21 previous arrests. His criminal record dates back to the 1980s and he has been in and out of state prison.

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Sonia Rincon has the latest information on the accused suspect.

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