When the elevator doors opened, career criminal Earl Nash went down — for the last time in his life.
After trying to sexually assault a woman in her Bronx home, the would-be rapist was beaten to death by the victim’s enraged husband, who bashed him in the head with a tire iron, sources said.
The whack-a-mole mayhem left Nash with a fractured skull, his blood splattered Monday night in the elevator and a hallway, sources said.
Mamadou Diallo, 61, was initially charged Tuesday with manslaughter, despite his claims of self-defense in the attack in the Claremont Village apartment building. The charges were later reduced to assault, although prosecutors said they could be upgraded as the investigation continues.
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“He has a right to defend his wife,” said Katiatou Diallo, 38, who is not related to Mamadou. “What are you going to do if somebody comes in and tries to rape your wife?”
Ex-con Nash, 43, of the Bronx, barged into Nenegale Diallo’s sixth-floor apartment about 9:30 p.m., beat her with a chair and tore her clothes off.
“While it was going on, I was thinking I was going to die,” she told the Daily News about the ordeal that left her naked and cowering in the hallway. “He tried to kill me.”
A tire iron
Now that is a killing with some feeling
Anybody can just shoot somebody
But a tire iron in an elevator?