Police say 23-year-old Nimzay Aponte, seen here in a MySpace photo, was killed by a MySpace friend whom she refused to meet in person.
A Bronx woman who was stabbed by a man who stalked her online was able to lead police to her killer by whispering his name before she died, law enforcement officials said.
Nimzay Aponte, 23, was attacked around lunchtime Tuesday as she sat in a Bronx park while taking a break from a job fair. A male friend sitting next to her on a park bench was also slashed, police said.
Police said the suspect, Raymond Dennis, had somehow figured out Aponte was attending the job seminar and found her in the park. There, stabbed her in the chest and her 25-year-old friend in the arm. The friend was listed in stable condition Friday. Police say Dennis and Aponte met once and then she rebuffed him and then he tracked her down.
As she was dying, Aponte whispered “Mike did it,” referring to a person she met online. It's not clear how the two connected online. The Associated Press reports they chatted on AOL. The New York Daily News reported they met on AOL and Local-Hookupz.com and the New York Post said they connected on MySpace.
“Mike” is the screen name of Dennis, 35, who was arrested on charges of second-degree murder in connection with the crime, police said. He has been arrested more than a dozen times for assault and drug possession, police said.
No one answered the phone at the address provided by police.