A man seen wheeling his wife’s dead body on a dolly through a Staten Island neighborhood has been indicted on murder and strangulation charges, among other crimes, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Anthony Lopez was arrested in May after he was seen carting the body of his 26-year-old wife, Obiamaka Aduba, along Post Lane in Mariner's Harbor, according to court documents. He ran away when police pulled up, dumping his wife's body in the grass, and was captured by authorities the next day.
Lopez, 31, allegedly strangled his common-law wife at some point between midnight and 7 a.m. on May 20 near their Richmond Terrace home, the five-count indictment charges. He then allegedly put her body on the cart and wheeled it along the street in an effort to hide it.
Lopez pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday and was remanded. Information on his attorney wasn't immediately available.
"The circumstances surrounding the victim’s death are disturbing in nature and my office will vigorously pursue justice for this tragic loss of life," District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said in a statement.
Lopez had been arrested more than 50 times between 2000 and 2016 on charges including robbery, larceny, assault and drug crimes, police sources said.