Police arrested 61-year-old Mamadou Diallo on Monday for allegedly killing Earl Nash
New York police arrested a Bronx man on Monday after he allegedly beat his wife’s attempted rapist to death, PEOPLE confirms.
Police charged 61-year-old Mamadou Diallo with manslaughter after he allegedly beat Earl Nash, 43, in the hallway of a Washington Avenue apartment building, according to a New York Police Department statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Police say Nash forced his way into the building Monday night as the woman’s husband was outside at his car “and struck her causing contusions to her forehead before forcibly removing the victim’s clothing.”
The 51-year-old woman was able to break free and called her husband, police say.
“The 61-year-old male entered the location and met the suspect on the sixth floor hallway and assaulted the perpetrator to the point where he was removed to the hospital in critical condition,” according to the statement.
Diallo allegedly punched the man several times, WPIX reports.
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Officers responded to the scene just before 9:30 p.m. and found Nash “unconscious and unresponsive, with severe trauma to the head and body.”
Diallo was awaiting arraignment midday Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal, and reports he beat Nash with a tire iron.
The couple’s son told NBC New York that he was present at the time of the incident.
“I ran upstairs and saw the guy was in the elevator and he was bleeding, and my mother was sweating, her clothes were off,” the son said. “I didn’t know what to think.”
Medical officials responded to the scene and took Nash to Lincoln Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Diallo’s family defended him Tuesday morning, NBC reports, claiming he was trying to protect his wife.