Man, 52, arrested in death of woman found in vestibule of Queens building


FLUSHING, Queens — A man was arrested in connection to the death of a woman found in the vestibule of a Queens building Monday night, police said.

Qiuming Wan, 52, was taken into custody Tuesday night and faces charges of murder and aggravated sex abuse, authorities said.

Officers responded to the Flushing residential building just before 11:30 p.m. after a 911 call of an assault in progress in the building, located on Main Street near 56th Avenue, police said.

Upon arrival, officers found a woman, 29, unconscious and unresponsive in the building’s vestibule area, authorities said.

The woman, later identified as Jiaomei Zhou, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her death has been deemed a homicide.

After initially reporting the victim had bleeding around the vaginal area, police on Thursday confirmed that she had several instances of vaginal tearing, possibly from a blunt object.

Wan had been taken in for questioning shortly after police responded to building. Authorities later said Wan was believed to be known to the victim.

According to authorities, Zhou was seen earlier coming from a second floor apartment in the building.

Wan lives in the building where Zhou was found dead, police said.

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