Kips Bay Homicide: Career Criminal Chad Irish Now Charged With Murder In Manhattan Woman’s Remains Case
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Kips Bay Homicide: Career Criminal Chad Irish Now Charged With Murder In Manhattan Woman’s Remains Case

KIPS Bay, Manhattan (WABC) — A suspect with a lengthy criminal record is awaiting arraignment after being accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a sleeping bag in New York.

Chad Irish, 55, already in custody for alleged concealment of a body, has been charged with the murder of Yazmeen Williams, 31.

Williams was found in a sleeping bag in Kips Bay last week.

Irish was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and a loaded firearm and concealment of a human corpse.

Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson questioned him about the killing as he left the 13th Precinct Wednesday night, but he said he was not the killer.

Chad Irish has been charged with murder in the case of a woman’s remains found in Kips Bay. He was taken from a police station Wednesday.

The charges come after Williams was found dead Friday outside 207 East 27th St. Irish was taken into custody Monday, but it wasn’t until Wednesday that he was charged with the 31-year-old’s murder.

New video shows more tense moments as the Kips Bay community, shocked by the murder of one of their own, unleashes its anger on Irish as police arrest him.

Kips Bay Homicide: Career Criminal Chad Irish Now Charged With Murder In Manhattan Woman’s Remains Case

Police identified him as a person of interest after security video showed Irish, who is able to walk but often uses a motorized wheelchair, dragging what appeared to be the same sleeping bag Williams’ body was found in, across East 27th Street. Williams’ body was found with a gunshot wound to the head.

“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” Antowne Frazier said.

Frazier grew up in the Straus homes where Irish also lives. Three days after police discovered Williams’ body, Frazier confronted Irish in a nearby park.

“I asked, ‘What did you do to that girl?’ He said he didn’t do anything to that girl, I just brought some stinky laundry to my house to drop it off,” Frazier said.

Irish insisted his involvement in the murder was a rumor, but Frazier didn’t believe it.

“I told him, ‘You’re a dead man, you shouldn’t be here.’ He said, ‘Next time you see me, you should worry about me,’ and that’s when he pulled a gun,” Frazier said.

Irish left, but returned a few hours later, and Frazier said he brandished his gun again. He called 911 as Irish returned to the building and got into the elevator.

“Nobody wanted to be too far in front of the elevator because they might shoot,” Frazier said.

The police finally caught up with Irish, and Frazier was there.

“It looked like he saw a ghost,” Frazier said.

What followed was a chaotic exchange that was caught on camera.

For Frazier, this all hits close to home.

“I also lost a sister on the street… left on the street to die,” he said.

Irish is a career criminal with 21 arrests. His criminal record dates back to the 1980s and he has served stints in prison.

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