Trail Of Blood Leads Detectives To Murder Suspect In Thanksgiving Hammer Attack Of Escort

Raphael Oyague [Nassau County Police Department]

A man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a 25-year-old woman in a horrifying hammer attack on Long Island, New York, right before Thanksgiving.

Raphael D. Oyague, 36, and the victim, Deeana M. Wingender, 25, allegedly met up for sex on November 22 after connecting on Craigslist, according to police. Authorities say that the suspect and victim got into an argument over payment for sex, and Oyaque bludgeoned Wisgender with a hammer.

Police say they believe that Oyague then picked up the victim’s body and carried her down a staircase before dumping her behind his apartment building. Wingender was reportedly only wearing a jacket with a hood and naked from the waist down.

Two delivery workers found Wingender in a grassy area behind a row of businesses the next day and contacted police. When authorities arrived, they found a blood trail from her body back to Oyague’s apartment, according to WABC.

“There was supposed to be compensation for that sex. There was an argument that ensued, and the subject ultimately hit our victim with a hammer multiple times,” Nassau County Detective Captain John Azzata told WABC.

One woman who spoke to CBS, but did not wish to be identified, said, “It’s so horrifying because it’s so close to where I live — she was literately five or six feet from where I was sitting.” The same woman said that she lived in the same area, but her path had never crossed Oyague’s.

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WABC reports that Oyague has four prior arrests for criminal contempt of an order of protection, DWI, and assault. While inside the apartment, authorities also had to remove his cat. 

Reports say Wingender’s family was notified of the killing, but they could not face identifying their loved one in the morgue on Thanksgiving day. Oyague is currently being held without bail.

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Main photo: Raphael Oyague [Nassau County Police Department]


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