Cops arrested a male cousin of the 35-year-old Manhattan mother who was found dead inside a storage container in the Bronx on Saturday, police and sources said.
Khalid Barrow, 21, of the Bronx, has been charged with murder in the death of Nisaa Walcott, of East Harlem, after her body was found Friday afternoon in a plastic container that was left in front of a storage unit at 950 University Ave. in the Highbridge section, sources said. The woman was reported missing earlier this week, the sources said.
Barrow is also charged with concealing a human corpse, cops said.
Barrow was grilled by NYPD detectives in Harlem’s 23rd Precinct on Saturday after police obtained video of Walcott entering his East Harlem apartment building with Barrow on Friday – but only Barrow was seen leaving, sources said.
Sources said the video also showed the cousin in the Walcott building removing a plastic container early Friday.
Cops believe Barrow texted Walcott’s worried family members from his phone in an attempt to keep them away, but the family grew increasingly suspicious as the replies were inconsistent with previous text exchanges – y including a text message saying she was going on a business trip and the suspect would be watching her son.
Walcott’s cause of death was not immediately clear pending an autopsy from the medical examiner’s office.
Neighbor Christopher Sanchez said Walcott was a doting mother to her 14-year-old son.
“They were close,” he said. “When it came to his son, that was his top priority. It’s a sad thing,” he said.
Another neighbor and friend called Walcott a “beautiful woman”.
“She gave everyone a big smile. She was taking care of her son. She was a wonderful woman, a hard worker. She was coming home from work and going home,” he said.
He said Walcott let his cousin stay with her.
“How are you doing this to your cousin?” She gave you shelter, she gave you a place to live. She actually reached out and this is how you pay her back? he said.
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