NEW YORK – Housekeeping manager at a luxury New York City hotel next to Central Park has been arrested in the death of a woman found strangled with a knife sticking from her neck.
Police say 29-year-old Derrick Praileu was arrested in the hours after the body of Dubai businesswoman Andree Bejjani was found at Manhattan's Jumeirah Essex House, which is near Broadway and upscale Fifth Avenue shops. The hotel says Praileu was a longtime employee.
There was no answer Sunday at a Bronx telephone number listed for him. Police don't know if he has an attorney.
Police say a maid found the 44-year-old Bejjani face down and naked on the kitchen floor in a condo at the hotel on Saturday. An exercise rope was wrapped around her neck.
The medical examiner's office says she was strangled.