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Cops: Suspect Arrested In Death Of Harlem Woman Found Inside Drum

Building in Harlem where a body was found in a barrel (credit: CBS 2)

Building in Harlem where a body was found in a barrel (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 19-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a drum inside her Harlem apartment.

Bismark Lithgow, 24, was arrested Thursday and charged with second-degree murder, police said.

On March 2, police were called to investigate a report of a foul odor at a Seventh Avenue apartment building. When officers arrived, the found the body of Francis Angelica Alfonso Pellerano inside a 55-gallon container, police said.

The medical examiner later determined Pellerano sustained multiple stab wounds to the body.