Assamad Nash charged in NYC murder of Christina Yuna Lee


The homeless man who allegedly slaughtered a 35-year-old woman in her Chinatown apartment over the weekend claimed, “I didn’t kill nobody!” after he was charged in her murder Monday.

Assamad Nash’s denial came as he was led away in handcuffs from the NYPD’s 5th Precinct in Lower Manhattan moments after he was booked on murder and burglary raps in the Sunday morning homicide.  

“I didn’t kill nobody!” Nash, 25, wearing dark pants, a gray shirt and a sweater over his head, told reporters when asked why he allegedly butchered Lee, leaving her to die in her bathtub.

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On Sunday February 13th 2022 at approx. 4:30AM an incident took place inside 111 Chrystie Street. Police radio transmissions mentioned a woman screaming, a male climbing out ;00onto the fire escape with something in his hand a blood on him. The male then retreated back into the building. Officers on scene set up a perimeter and called for the Emergeny Service Unit who went in and apprehended the male at approx. 6:00AM. EMS was requested to the top floor forthwith but never came out of the building with any patients. The suspect was removed to Bellevue Hospital
Assamad Nash has been charged with murder.
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Assamad Nash
Assamad Nash was hit with murder and burglary charges.

“I don’t know what’s going on!” he continued before he was led into a waiting police car. 

Nash is accused of following Lee into her Chrystie Street apartment just after 4 a.m. Sunday, stabbing her to death as she cried for help and screamed to neighbors, “Call 911!” 

Chilling surveillance footage obtained by The Post shows Nash tailing Lee from the moment she returned home. As the woman made her way up six flights of stairs to her apartment, Nash followed close behind and forced his way into the apartment just before the door closed. 

Murder victim Christina Yuna Lee
Christina Yuna Lee had only been in the unit for less than a year.
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When police arrived at the unit, Nash tried to escape using the apartment’s fire escape and then barricaded himself inside when he was spotted on the stairwell. 

Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit eventually busted the door down and found Lee bleeding to death in a bathtub and Nash hiding under a bed. 

Lee, a creative producer who worked for the music platform Splice, previously lived in New Jersey and had only been in the unit for less than a year, neighbors said.

An NYPD spokesperson said her murder is not being treated as a hate crime at this time.

Prior to Sunday, Nash racked up at least 10 arrests in New York and New Jersey that date back to 2012, according to police and law enforcement sources. 

He currently has three open cases in Manhattan, where he is known as the “transit swiper” due to his alleged history of crime underground.

On Sept. 28, Nash allegedly punched a man in the face after he swiped a woman’s MetroCard at the Grand Street subway station, telling him, “I’m going to punch you if you swipe her,” a police source revealed. 

He was released on a desk appearance ticket, police sources said. 

“He’s a transit swiper,” a police source explained. “He’s not mentally all there.”

Video surveillance obtained by the Post allegedly shows Assamad Nash follow an unidentified woman into her apartment
Video surveillance obtained by The Post allegedly shows Assamad Nash following Christina Yuna Lee into her apartment.

Five days earlier, Nash was arrested for selling a MetroCard swipe for $2 at the same station and was found with K2, or synthetic marijuana, in his pocket, according to a criminal complaint and police sources. 

“Can I get my K2 back?” he asked a cop who arrested him, according to the complaint. “I love K2.”

Nash was most recently nabbed on Jan. 6 for damaging dozens of MetroCard machines at three different Manhattan subway stations between Dec. 8 and Dec. 31, court records show. 

On Sunday February 13th 2022 at approx. 4:30AM an incident took place inside 111 Chrystie Street. Police radio transmissions mentioned a woman screaming, a male climbing out ;00onto the fire escape with something in his hand a blood on him. The male then retreated back into the building. Officers on scene set up a perimeter and called for the Emergeny Service Unit who went in and apprehended the male at approx. 6:00AM. EMS was requested to the top floor forthwith but never came out of the building with any patients. The suspect was removed to Bellevue Hospital
Assamad Nash was found hiding under a bed. 
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He tried to escape from police custody during that arrest – pushing open the doors to the police van and running off after cops nabbed him at Sixth Avenue and West 34th Street, the criminal complaint states. 

His charges in connection to that case include 27 counts of criminal mischief, records show. 

He was also released on a desk appearance ticket in that case.

Flowers and Police at the scene of a homicide at 111 Chrystie St.
Christina Yuna Lee previously lived in New Jersey.
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an incident took place inside 111 Chrystie Street
Members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit found Christina Yuna Lee bleeding to death in a bathtub.
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Nash was previously busted on July 28 for unauthorized sale of a fare card, according to police sources. 

His oldest New York arrest was in March 2015 for criminal trespassing, the sources said. 

In Newark, Nash was arrested twice in 2014 for robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm, law-enforcement sources said. 

He was busted as a minor, both in 2012 and 2013, for burglary and criminal mischief in Hillside Township, according to the sources. 

A crime scene at 111 Chrystie Street In Manhattan where a woman was murdered in her apartment by a homeless man who entered her building after her.
Assamad Nash is expected to be arraigned at Manhattan Criminal Court later Monday. 
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Nash is expected to be arraigned on the murder charges later Monday at Manhattan Criminal Court.

Additional reporting by Joe Marino and Amanda Woods



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