New York City woman, 33, plunges to death after reported argument with her boyfriend

A woman was reportedly heard arguing with her boyfriend shortly before she plunged to her death from the roof of her New York City apartment building Saturday night, a case detectives are continuing to probe.

Yanina Boitel, 33, was found at 9:30 p.m. unconscious and unresponsive with trauma to her body, laying on the ground outside Jefferson Houses, the 14-story high-rise complex on Third Avenue in East Harlem where she lived. Medics brought her to Metropolitan Hospital Center and she later died.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding Boitel's death, but no one has been charged yet. Investigators are trying to figure out if Boitel jumped, fell or was pushed from the roof of the building.


Her boyfriend told detectives that the couple went out drinking Saturday but were not together in the building after arriving home. The man, who was not identified, said he found Boitel on the ground outside soon after returning.

Boitel’s sister, Carmen Reyes, and other relatives said they were told the couple was heard arguing and were on the roof.

Boitel leaves behind three children -- ages 16, 12 and 10 -- and a grandchild who was born six months ago.

The investigation was ongoing Sunday, and the cause of death is still being determined.