Woman Delivering Birthday Gifts Was Chased to Her Death in Bronx
A knife-wielding attacker chased a young Manhattan woman to her death, and cops late Friday arrested a suspect.
The bizarre incident in the Bronx may have been sparked by a case of mistaken identity, the victim’s distraught boyfriend said.
The 20-year-old victim, Sienna Edwards, was killed Thursday night trying to jump from one high-rise balcony to another, while trying to deliver birthday gifts to her cousin’s young daughter, a police source said.
The medical examiner, after conferring with police, declared the death a homicide and said that Edwards fell 14 stories trying to escape a menacing attack.
Kenya Edmonds, 23, mother of the child, was arrested and charged with second degree murder and manslaughter.
“When she called me, she said they had a knife to her neck,” said her tearful boyfriend, Timothy Smith, 23.
“I called her back 50 times, but I never heard back from her.”
Smith’s cousin, Carl Purcell, 22, had asked Edwards to go to the apartment to deliver birthday treats to his 3-year-old daughter.
Purcell is barred from the home — where his ex-girlfriend Edmonds lives — by an order of protection, Smith said.
But in a tragic twist, those inside mistook Edwards for Purcell’s new girlfriend, Smith said.
After the frightening phone call, Smith rushed from the Harlem apartment he had shared with Edwards since the day after they met last March, only to see her body on the ground outside the E. 179th St. building.
The birthday girl was inside the apartment when Edwards, carrying a gift and a birthday cake, arrived at 9:30 p.m.
The ex-girlfriend, Kenya, the ex’s sister and a female friend were also present.
Shortly after her arrival, Edwards called 911 “looking for help,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday.
“In the background there are voices that say, ‘You’re not going to leave here alive, you’re not going to leave here alive,’” Kelly said.
The dispatcher heard that ominous message up to six times, but nothing from the caller, so they notified police.
Officers tried to trace the cell phone call, but weren’t able to locate the apartment.
About 10 p.m., someone called 911 and reported that Edwards had committed suicide by jumping over a 5-foot-high balcony.
“The investigative premise is she may have been pushed from that balcony or fell trying to escape individuals who were trying to kill her,” a source said Friday afternoon.
Several hours later, the medical examiner finished an autopsy and classified Edwards’ death as a homicide.
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