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Trio chokes man to death during Bronx flat burglary, wraps body in plastic bag and dumps it on McDonald's roof

Ayame Stamoulis, 18, was arrested in connection with the murder while her two accomplices are still at large
UPDATED JUL 19, 2020
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THE BRONX, NEW YORK CITY: An 18-year-old woman has been charged with murder after the body of a man was found on the roof of a McDonald's. The body was found with the feet sticking out of a plastic bag on the roof of the eatery in New York. As per reports, Ayame Stamoulis was arrested on Thursday evening, July 16. 

The police revealed that Stamoulis along with two men broke into the victim, Richard Hamlet's home in what appears to have started as a burglary, reported New York Post. The trio had not expected to bump into Hamlet. They then forced him to drink a caustic liquid before choking him to death. They proceeded to wrap his body in a plastic bag and threw it from the building after which it landed on the roof of a McDonald's, reports reveal. 

As reported by Mirror, a witness who lives closeby shared, "The smell was pouring in through the window and the feet were poking out." It was a maintenance worker who had discovered the body and then notified the authorities. A medical examiner is yet to determine the cause of death. 

According to ABC7, the McDonald's outlet shut its doors as customers were told of the news. Ronald Simmons, a customer, said, "That's crazy. I live down the block, for this to happen!"

Madeleine Cancel, another customer, shared, "This is sad this is happening aside from all the bad things already happening, we should be helping each other not killing each other."

The authorities are on the lookout for the other two suspects who were involved in the case. In another similar case, the authorities are looking into a case where the body of a woman was found wrapped up in a large gray plastic container in South Philadelphia. The container itself was also wrapped in plastic. The officials reveal that the woman's body was found on the 3000 Block of Wharton Street on July 15, CBS local reveals.

The neighbors had shared that they had smelled something very bad coming from the plastic bin which led them to call the police. A neighbor said, "A dead body smells bad. It’s a really bad smell."

"One of the officers vomited, that’s how bad the smell was," another added. The woman's body was found inside the container and was tightly wrapped in cellophane. 

Neighbors had noticed the container on Tuesday, July 14. A neighbor said, "Trash day was yesterday and they moved it today. So we wouldn’t have even known if the trash man came." Another neighbor Stardetta Taylor said, "I kept looking at it. It looked real strange and I’m like, why is that container wrapped up like that?" Neighbor Sonja Sanders said, "It smelled like feces so I thought it was trash. I didn’t think nothing of it."

Sanders added, "That’s somebody’s family member. I don’t know whose it is. I could know that person. It’s very scary. Somebody put that body there, so I’m very scared, very nervous about what’s going on."