What to Know
- Police found the body of a man bound with duct tape — with slash marks on his wrists and torso — inside a Bronx apartment Friday evening
- Charles Votaw, 37, has been arrested in connection with the man's death. He lives in the building where the body was found, police said
- Votaw has been charged with assault, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence, the NYPD said
A Bronx resident has been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found slashed and bound with duct tape inside his apartment building, police said.
Charles Votaw, 37, was arrested and charged with assault, concealment of a human corpse and tampering with physical evidence in connection with the death of the unidentified man, whose body was found inside the building on Creston Avenue where Votaw lives, the NYPD said.
It wasn't immediately clear if the man's body was found inside Votaw's apartment unit or in a different unit. Votaw's attorney information wasn't immediately available Saturday.
Officers received a call reporting a foul smell coming from an apartment in the building on Creston Avenue in the Fordham Heights neighborhood around 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Neighbors say they had been complaining about the awful stench for days, and a man who lives in the building said the odor was permeating through the walls.
They couldn’t get into the home until they finally removed the door around 6 p.m. That's when they found the man’s body inside, police said.
The man's ankles were bound to his waist with duct tape. He also had slash marks on his wrists and torso, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man has not been identified, and it was not clear if he lived in the apartment building.
The Medical Examiner will determine how he died. An investigation is ongoing.