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Squatters Beat Mom to Death and Stuffed Her in Bag in NYC Apartment: NYPD

Two squatters are being sought over the gruesome murder of a 52-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a duffel bag inside her late mother’s upscale Manhattan apartment last week, police said Thursday.

The victim, Nadia Vitel, was savagely beaten by the two perps when she discovered them holed up inside the 19th-floor apartment on East 31st Street last week, according to cops.

Having just flown in from Spain, Vitel had gone to her late mom’s apartment — which had been vacant for roughly three to four months — to start prepping it so a family friend could move in.

“We believe that some squatters took the apartment over and this woman came home … and walked in on the squatters that were there,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said.

The brutal beatdown left Vitel with blunt force trauma to the head, multiple facial fractures, a brain bleed and two broken ribs, cops said.

The perps — who the NYPD haven’t identified publicly — were captured on surveillance video fleeing the apartment after the slaying and making off in the dead woman’s Lexus SUV.

They fled across the George Washington Bridge through New Jersey to Pennsylvania, where they ultimately crashed the SUV in Lower Paxton Township, cops said.

The NYPD wasn’t alerted until the following day, though, because Pennsylvania cops didn’t immediately run the plates and see that the vehicle was wanted in a homicide, Kenny said.

Cops said the squatters, who remained on the lam Thursday, had visited several local car dealerships in the aftermath of the wreck to try and buy a new car for $1,000.

The developments come after Vitel’s son, Michael Medvedev, 19, made the grim discovery of his mother’s body when he went to the apartment with the building’s super on the afternoon of March 14 after not hearing from her in 48 hours.

He knew she’d been at the apartment because they tracked each other’s locations via their cellphones, police said.

“As they’re getting ready to leave, the son opens up the closet door near the front door and discovers the duffel bag with a foot sticking out,” Kenny said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long the perps had been squatting in the apartment before the victim found them inside, or how they even managed to gain access in the first place.

“The apartment itself is very unique in that there’s no front door to apartment. You take an elevator up and then you key your way in. The elevator is actually your front door,” Kenny said, adding “it’s an upscale apartment.”

While cops haven’t disclosed the identity of the two suspects, police sources previously described them as a man and woman in their 20s.

“As of right now, we have probable cause, we have two subjects, we have the Regional Fugitive Task Force actively hunting as we speak,” Kenny said, adding that one of the squatters has a prior arrest to their name.

READ 34 COMMENTS
  • Meee says:

    This has to end. The suspects will be set free with no bail in NY. Meanwhile a Marine that saved lives is on trial for murder in NY!! Squatters have more rights than the owners. We have enemy countries telling its people to come here and squat. That America’s law is on their side. You have TikTok communist telling people to do the same thing. How many more killings, rapes, etc. being done by illegals and other criminals the product of Biden’s policies before you all wake up? Warning you all do not go on vacations, your home will be taken over. Then they wait to kill you all, too. Keep electing these Communist Dems to office. China will be taking over. You let a Communist in the WH strip you of all your rights and gave them all to illegals!! What piss poor citizens you call yourself.

  • Dorothy says:

    This is insanity at its best. Poor woman just goes over to clean up and now she is gone. Tell the Governor of New York and all the prosecutors, forget about Trump, take care of your own citizens in New York. Is that a surprise for these low lives.

  • dgsalley says:

    They know who they are. They have pictures of them and won’t post them so We know who they are. Humm..aren’t cops supposed to protect We the People who pay them? Our public servants showing their true colors again! Hope these 2 POS come to my town in PA!

  • Me says:

    Who wanna bet NADIA here VOTED LIB all of her 30 years?

  • Janet Woods says:

    The Liberals who run the city and make these laws are at fault for these tragedies. They should be held accountable. This squatter law that allows this to happen is unconstitutional and morally wrong.

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