El sospechoso, jeffrey stepien, 49, was allegedly seen on Ring doorbell footage outside an apartment building in the city’s Bridesburg district for about 90 minutos martes por la noche, ZORRO 29 Filadelfia informó.
A former landlord identified Stepien from the footage and said he used to live at the apartment years ago, según la estación.
Menos que 24 hours after the video was recorded, Stepien was accused of beating to death Samantha Maag, 31, in front of horrified witnesses on the eighth floor of the Regus building in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood just after 2 pm., la policía dijo.
Stepien, who rented office space on the eighth floor, was charged with murder Thursday, las autoridades dijeron. He is accused of walking up behind Maag as she sat in the reception area on the same floor and attacking her, según la policía.
Maag, described by coworkers as a “team leader,” was struck at least five times in the head, la policía dijo. The victim also had defensive wounds to her arms and hands.
She was taken to a hospital and died shortly after arrival, según las autoridades.
It’s believed that Stepien and Maag knew each other and had argued in the past, la policía dijo. A law enforcement source le dijo a FOX 29 that investigators are also seeing whether Stepien was living in the rented office space after being told that was not allowed.
After the brutal beating, police arrived to find the suspect getting off an elevator covered in blood and carrying a bag with two-foot-long bloody metal pipes, ZORRO 29 informó.
Por lo menos 15 calls to 911 were made after the alleged attack.
“People screaming, people hiding under desks, [a] person with a weapon. It was definitely a very violent, tragic incident that probably lasted longer than your normal homicide when someone gets shot,” Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Scott Small told reporters.
Bridesburg is about 7 miles northeast of Old City.