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NYPD Detain, Question Ex-Boyfriend Of Dasia Johnson Who’s Dismembered Body Was Found In Suitcases Last Month: Cops On The Lookout For Six Additional Suspects

Investigators in New York City have detained the ex-boyfriend of Dasia Johnson, the 22-year-old Brooklyn woman who’s dismembered body was found packed away in suitcases last month, and are on the lookout for six other witnesses wanted for questioning.

The ex-boyfriend, who has not yet been publicly identified, was detained by NYPD over the weekend on an active arrest warrant out of Nassau County that’s unrelated to the Johnson case, according to the New York Post.

Multiple NYPD sources tell PEOPLE that police have been questioning him in connection with the young woman’s killing.

Murder Victim’s Ex-Boyfriend In Custody, NYPD Seek Six More “Witnesses” For Questioning

Police released photos of five women and one man who they said “are being sought as witnesses in connection” to the grisly Brooklyn murder. All six are reported to have been inside Johnson’s Brooklyn apartment at the time of her death.

Johnson’s former beau remains at the 75th Precinct station house as of Monday, and had been on the NYPD’s radar ever since the gruesome discovery.

Her body was found dismembered inside her East New York apartment on September 21, after concerned relatives were unable to reach her.

Johnson’s body had been dismembered and placed in two suitcases, the police sources say.

Victim Had Active Restraining Order Against Former Beau, Neighbors Describe Ongoing Abuse She Faced

She had an active restraining order against the ex-boyfriend in question. Her ex-boyfriend had already been previously arrested in March, when he violated the restraining order by showing up at her apartment to pick up some of his belongings, sources told the outlet.

Her apartment was left soaked in blood following the murder, one neighbor told the Post.

“Blood everywhere, pints of blood,” neighbor Stephanie Harris said at the time. “It was nasty. “You can imagine what happened to her. You know she fought for her life.”

Other neighbors told the outlet of the ongoing abuse Johnson suffered at the hands of her former boyfriend, who said she was often seen with bruises on her body. One resident said the boyfriend even threatened her young daughter as well.

Family Faults Building Security Guards For Not Doing Enough To Protect Murder Victim After Request For Wellness Check

Johnson’s family have since placed some of the blame on building security for not doing enough to protect her.

Her relatives called building security guards on September 21 to conduct a wellness check on Johnson – an aspiring teacher – however the guards were turned away by two men, one of which was believed to be her ex-boyfriend, according to police.

The security guards eventually returned to her apartment later that day and discovered her remains before calling police.

Authorities have yet to formally file charges against the former boyfriend as of Monday.

A candlelight vigil was held in Johnson’s honor on September 28.

Anyone with information regarding Johnson’s death and/or the identities of the six other witnesses are urged to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers.

The Crime Stoppers Program offers rewards of up to $3,500 for anonymous information provided to the 800-577-TIPS hotline that leads to the arrest and conviction of a violent felon.





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