- Last Updated: 5:39 PM, April 10, 2011
- Posted: 10:28 AM, April 10, 2011
She screamed for her life - but he savagely stabbed her to death.
A man has confessed to nearly decapitating his 23-year-old girlfriend early this morning in a bloody knife attack after a loud argument inside their apartment at 63 Clinton St. on the Lower East Side, cops said.
Raul Barrera, 33, was charged with murder in the grisly domestic attack on gal pal Sarah Coit, 23, who was breaking up with him, cops said.
"She was yelling ‘No, no, stop, stop, don’t hurt me!’ " said Brianna Andalore, 20, who was staying with a friend in the building. "My friend who lives her told me this has been going on for awhile, they’ve been fighting like that for months. We were watching from our front window, when she was brought out. The cops were yelling, ‘Don’t look, don’t look!’ Her head was almost off, her neck was wide open."
Coit, formerly of Greenwich, Conn., shared a third-floor apartment with Barrera, neighbors said. She was stabbed repeatedly at 2:30 a.m., and 7th precinct cops found her lying in the blood-soaked living room after getting numerous 911 calls about the fight.
A police source said Barrera came to the 9th precinct after a relative he’d called told him to turn himself in.
Barrera told cops the couple was breaking up when the argument broke out and quickly turned violent.
Neighbors described a violent struggle.
"I heard her arguing with her boyfriend, it got very loud, she was yelling ‘Stop, get off me!’ Then she got real silent and I heard nothing else," said Jason Figueroa, 15, who lives in the apartment above the victim’s.
Another witness, Joost Bohner, 33, who is visiting from Holland and was staying at 61 Clinton St., also heard screaming.
"I was sleeping in the back bedroom and I heard a lady screaming. I heard her yelling ‘Help me, Help me!’ " Bohner said. "It went on for quite awhile, at least 20 minutes. She sounded like she was in distress. People from the building were yelling out ‘Where are you? What apartment?’ She never answered them, it was like she was in panic and shock. When she didn’t answer people started calling 911."
Coit was rushed to nearby Beth Israel Hospital nearby, where she was pronounced dead.
A woman who works in a restaurant on the building’s first floor said she was shocked by the killing because the street is generally quiet.
"I couldn’t believe it," she said this morning.