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Suspect in New York Hotel Death Arrested After Alleged Crime Spree in Arizona

Raad Almansoori has been identified as a suspect in the death of Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, who was found dead in her hotel room at the SoHo 54 Hotel

<p>Surprise Police Department</p> Raad Almansoori - Suspect in New York Hotel Death Arrested After Alleged Crime Spree in Arizona

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Raad Almansoori - Suspect in New York Hotel Death Arrested After Alleged Crime Spree in Arizona

Days after a homicide in a New York City hotel room, a suspect was arrested in Arizona related to another crime.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny said in a press conference on Tuesday that authorities have “probable cause” to arrest Raad Almansoori in relation to the “stabbing homicide” that took place “between 2:14 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8” at the Soho 54 Hotel in Manhattan.

“On Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m., the victim, Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, a female Hispanic, 38-years-old, a resident of Queens with no criminal history, was discovered by hotel staff, deceased on the floor of her rented room,” Kenny said.


She was pronounced dead at 10:47 a.m. and the medical examiner determined that her death was caused by “blunt force trauma to the head.”

“A broken iron was recovered at the scene, and we recovered bits of plastic that were found embedded inside of her skull,” Kenny said.

On Sunday, Almansoori, 26, was arrested in Arizona while driving a stolen car and informed law enforcement “that he is wanted for homicide in New York City.”

Kenny said that the suspect told the cops that they should “Google Soho 54 hotel,” which is where Oleas-Arancibia was found dead in her room earlier this month.

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Prior to his arrest, police said that Almansoori “committed a knife-point carjacking in Phoenix, Arizona, where he stabbed his female victim,” and escaped the scene.

“The very next day he dragged a female employee of a McDonald's into the ladies room, held her against her will and stabbed her several times,” Kenny said. Almansoori was arrested later that day by Arizona police.

He has an “extensive out of state arrest history,” Kenny said, and was previously arrested in Florida and Texas.

While in custody in Arizona, Almansoori told authorities “he hurt three additional girls in Florida,” Kenny said in the press conference.

Authorities are currently working to “arrange extradition back to New York City” so Almansoori “can be charged for the homicide here,” Kenny said. 

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