In a recently filed lawsuit by the family of 35-year-old Christina Yuna Lee, the Chinatown woman who was killed early in the morning on February 13, 2022 by a homeless man who followed her into her apartment, the victim's family alleged that two NYPD officers heard her screams "for at least five minutes" and did nothing.
The New York Post reports that two unidentified cops dispatched out of the 5th Precinct responded to Lee's 911 phone call, which she made while being attacked, and the cops responded within four minutes, "heard Ms. Lee screaming for help" but "failed to gain entry to Ms. Lee’s apartment until Ms. Lee had been stabbed more than 40 times by her attacker and succumbed to her injuries," according to the lawsuit.
According to the lawsuit, made against the city and the NYPD, the cops allegedly spoke to the killer "through the closed door of Ms. Lee’s apartment" and "Despite having reason to believe Ms. Lee’s life was in imminent danger, (the officers) failed to gain entry to Ms. Lee’s apartment or otherwise provide her with any potentially life-saving police or medical assistance at that time."
The lawsuit, filed with the Manhattan Supreme Court, is seeking unspecified damages.
The victim's aunt, Boksun Lee, said in the court filing that the cops did not enter her niece's apartment until after she died.
Christina Yuna Lee, a digital producer originally from New Jersey, entered her Chrystie Street apartment around 4:20 am that morning and was allegedly followed by 25-year-old Assamad Nash, a homeless man out on bail for previous alleged violent crimes and who had been convicted of petty larceny and robbery. Nash has been charged with murder for Lee's killing.
Camera footage shows a man, allegedly Nash, following the victim who had six flights of stairs to climb before arriving at her apartment.
"Ms. Lee’s death was caused by the wrongful acts of the defendants," according to the lawsuit.
After the initial officers responded, it took over an hour for more to arrive and finally force open the door to Lee's apartment.
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