A routine elevator ride ended in a violent and unexpected death for a 46-year-old Bronx father, according to police.
His alleged killer calmly strolled to a nearby convenience store afterward, covered in blood, surveillance video obtained exclusively by NBC 4 New York shows.
Police say officers discovered Bakary Darboe with trauma to the back of his head around 5:10 p.m. in the seventh-floor hallway of his building on East 156th Street in Melrose Thursday. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Junal Jordan, 40, was taken into custody Thursday, and was arraigned on charges of murder and manslaughter the next night. He was remanded back to jail on no bond.
Although the men lived in the same building, officials don't believe they knew each other prior to the crime.
Darboe, a father of six and an NYU lab technician, was walking out to go to Mercy College, where he took classes, and went back to the elevator retrieve his forgotten wallet from his ninth-floor apartment, the Daily News reports. Jordan pulled him from the elevator just two floors below and allegedly beat him to death.
A police source told the newspaper that Jordan was shadow boxing in the hallway when the elevator stopped on the seventh floor. The doors opened and he allegedly pounded the dad to death using his fists and a blunt object. Police said Jordan left Bakary's body lifeless.
Moments later, Jordan calmly strolled across East 156th Street to a convenience store and got a bottle of water, surveillance video obtained by NBC 4 shows. A shaken cashier told him to just take the water.
That cashier told NBC 4 New York that Jordan was covered in blood.
Jordan sipped from the water bottle as he leaned against a cooler as first responders arrived on the scene, video shows.
Officers apprehended Jordan shortly after Darboe's bloody body was found slumped in the hallway, the newspaper reported.
Police say the investigation is ongoing. Jordan is next expected to appear in court again on Feb. 8.
This isn't Jordan's first run in with the law. He's been arrested on robbery and drug charges in the past, his record dating back to the 1990s.
Lawyer information for him wasn't immediately clear.