Nenegale Diallo heard a knock on her apartment door, and thinking it was her 16-year-old son, she opened the door. Seeing a stranger, she tried to shut the door, but he pushed his way into the apartment and punched her. “I don’t want money – I’m going to rape you,” said Earl Nash, 43, a career criminal.
Nash hit Nenegale in the face several times, ripped off her clothes and threw her to the floor, even hitting her with a chair. Her sister, who happened to be in the apartment as well, helped fight the attacker off. Nenegale managed to break free and grabbed her phone, calling her husband, screaming, “Please help me! Help me! Call the police!” Nash slapped her again, knocking the phone down, but her husband could hear all the noise.
Manadou Diallo, a cab driver in the Bronx, was outside the apartment building looking for a parking spot when he got the call from his wife. He grabbed a tire iron and ran upstairs to their apartment, taking the elevator to the 6th floor, where he came face-to-face with Nash.
He first dashed past Nash, then went back after him when his wife screamed that he was the attacker. Diallo swung the tire iron at Nash, driving him into the elevator, while Nash fought back, but the beating left Nash with a fractured skull. Nash later died from his injuries.
Diallo was charged with manslaughter for the killing, but charges have now been reduced to assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon, and was released on his own recognizance. “Self-defense,” insisted Manadou. “He threatened my wife!” All his family agreed he acted in self-defense, and they are hoping all charges are dropped completely. He has to reappear in court June 27.
Manadou Diallo is a native of Guinea and has been in the U.S. 27 years.
Nash had 19 prior arrests, and most recently was released from prison last July after serving nine years for drug possession. His previous arrests included drugs, arson, unlawful imprisonment (holding a 17-year-old girl captive for two days), robbery and assault.
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