Man Arraigned In Girlfriend’s Lower East Side Stabbing Death

Student Sarah Coit Of Greenwich Found Savagely Attacked

NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) – A 23-year-old woman was attacked so viciously during an argument with her boyfriend that her side was slashed open and her skull was fractured, prosecutors said Monday.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell: Suspect Said He Did Something Bad

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College student Sarah Coit, 23, was fatally stabbed on April 10. Her live-in boyfriend was arrested and charged. (credit: CBS 2)

The suspect, Raul Barrera, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder in the death of Sarah Coit. He was being held without bail and was on suicide watch. He did not enter a plea, and his attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

Prosecutors said he came to authorities after his father urged him to go to police.

“And reported that he had done something bad to his girlfriend,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kellytold CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis.

Kelly said Barrera confessed and that the evidence against him was overwhelming.

“Eight knives were recovered in the apartment and he’s made full admissions, and his statement has been recorded by the district attorney’s office,” Kelly said.

Police went to the couple’s apartment in Lower Manhattan around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving 911 calls reporting screams coming from inside. They broke down the door to find Coit still alive but in a pool of blood with stab wounds on her face and torso. Barrera was not there at the time.

Neighbors told CBS 2’s Dennis they heard Coit begging for her life, but with the echo in the building tenants could only yell back.

“What room are you in? What’s your name? Where are you? She didn’t react. She continued screaming,” witness Yoost Bohnen said.

“We were afraid. We didn’t know what was happening. There was a lot of commotion,” another resident said.

Coit was taken to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead. According to a criminal complaint, her internal organs were visible from a gaping stab wound to her left torso. Her skull was fractured, and authorities believe she was hit with a blunt object.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports: Barrera Appears Before A Judge

Coit had called police on one occasion in January to complain of an argument with Barrera, 33, when the couple lived in midtown Manhattan, authorities said.

Coit was from Greenwich, Conn., and worked as a salesperson in Manhattan and was attending Hunter College. When reach by phone Monday, her family said they had no comment. Barrera worked in public relations.

“It’s sad. It’s sad, someone as beautiful as she was,” neighbor Steven Rodriguez said.

Barrera voluntarily went to a police precinct later Sunday and was taken into custody. He had been previously arrested on an assault charge.

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  • Cara

    So sad…Such a foolish act of violence, and now a young woman gone just starting her life..My prayers to the family, May your wonderful memories of Sarah get you through the very hard times ahead.. God Bless

  • Joe Niger

    When will you white woman learn, he’s not in love with you, he’s in love with the idea of Rapping you, it’s not sex he’s thinking about when have intercourse, it’s rape!

  • polly salin

    it’s not a white thing or a black thing, it’s a sad state of affairs. people with honor and integrity, now is the time to stand up. we need new leaders, fresh ideas, and tougher sentences for those who choose to live a life of crime and unscroupulous behavior.

  • Andy

    If someone loves his girlfriend so much, he should never treat her like this.

  • Andy

    I don’t understand why this girl was with this guy for so long????

  • Andy

    This black guy didn’t deserve to have a pretty white girlfriend like her. Very sad story!!!

  • Bobby

    Blacks seem to be killing alot of their white girlfriends lately, less frontal lobe development leads to higher level of violence.

  • John

    on suicide watch….. Let that savage kill himself.


    ok i am going to catch hell..but this is true..several years ago the theory put forth by some black male academic was that black males in particular want to go to prison..cause they are they can not function in a society that needs people who can read and write at above 7th grade..the average male black today is a violet thug..the females are 2 feet away from the same behavior…to be safe..when and if they graduate high school..throw them right in jail ..this way the welfare state will take care of them for the next 20 years..and if any of you actually knew just how many females alone are in prison in this once great country..well the total prison population is something approaching 4 million..our taxes pay for the housing and so called life of these career criminals..this prison system nationwide is a giant dead meat industry…

  • M. B. A.

    Oh he did “something bad alright…..” Is he coming out with an
    Insanity defense?
    Sort of like when men get an order of protection sworn against them
    they get more angry. Very sad for her and terrifying to go that way.

  • kendra

    yes my condolences to the family of the victime and may she finally rest in peace and not to have to suffer at the hands of this maniac ever ever again…

  • nathan

    A young blond college student from Greenwich was with this lowlife? Something more to this story…

    • FlipNYC2011

      Agreed. Seems a little too shady that she was with this guy. Bet “boyfriend” is code for “Pimp”.

  • nyc

    What a sad and ugly situation. Can’t understand the violence when couples don’t get along anymore, just move on with your life !

  • Devenio

    Sad. I bet he regrets it now but somethings you can’t take back. She was only 23. Still a baby in some ways. No one wins here. My sympathy to the family.

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