Kips Bay shelter resident charged with murdering girlfriend

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

Police arrested 33-year-old Charles Pratt, a resident of the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, 38-year-old Latisha Fowler, inside 344 East 28th Street last Sunday.

The New York Daily News reported that two NYCHA handymen found Fowler’s body around 9:30 a.m. that day after the victim’s six-year-old son let them inside. The workers had been dispatched to her apartment to fix a clogged pipe and when the child opened the door, he reportedly told them that his mom was hurt and needed help.

Police reported that Fowler lived in Canarsie but other residents of the NYCHA development where her body was found told the Daily News that Fowler lived in an apartment there with her two sons.

According to the district attorney’s office, Pratt was still in the apartment when police and EMS workers arrived and was hiding under a blanket. The workers reportedly found Fowler underneath a large filing cabinet in the bedroom and with a cord around her neck.

Pratt allegedly admitted arguing with Fowler and said that he choked her with his hands and with a cord.

He allegedly told police that he was sorry for killing the woman that he loved.

According to the Daily News, Pratt has a previous arrest for rape and strangulation and was recently released from state prison, where he served five years on drug and weapons charges.

Pratt was also charged with strangulation in connection with the alleged murder. His attorney did not want to comment on the case.

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