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Blood trail from woman’s body leads police to person of interest in East Harlem murder

Posted at 7:28 AM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 19:20:13-04

EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — A man with self-inflicted wounds is in custody after allegedly setting a woman on fire and killing her in a Manhattan housing complex stairwell Tuesday morning.

A blaze was reported at 107 East 105 St. at East Harlem's Dewitt Clinton houses at 6:45 a.m., FDNY officials said.

A "small fire" was put out, and a woman was found dead in a stairwell on the ninth floor.

The victim had severe burns. Officials believe she was intentionally set on fire.

Blood was also located in the building's elevator, according to officials at the scene.

Witnesses say they saw two men dragging a black garbage bag from one building to the next, leaving a blood trail. It was that blood trail that led police to Nelson Quinones' apartment.

Quinones, who is a person of interest in the murder, had barricaded himself in his apartment.

After a standoff with police, he was taken out of the building on a stretcher and sent to the hospital.

Police have not yet identified the victim.

No arrests have been made at this time.