Manhattan DA Bragg blasts Arizona prosecutor, vows slain Queens sex worker will not be used as political pawn

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg speaks during a news conference on April 4, 2023, in New York. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images/TNS)

NEW YORK (TNS) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg on Thursday said he would do everything in his power to seek justice for Denisse Oleas-Arancibia, a sex worker bludgeoned to death in a SoHo hotel room — and would not let a grandstanding Arizona prosecutor use the slain mother as a political pawn.

The NYPD found a lifeless Oleas-Arancibia, 38, in an 11th-floor room at the SoHo 54 Hotel on Feb. 8. Weeks later, on the other side of the country, Raad Almansoori was arrested under suspicion of stabbing two Arizona women and indicated to cops there that he was also behind Oleas-Arancibia’s killing, telling them to Google the hotel where she’d been murdered.

But in a stunning move, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell has vowed to block the extradition of Almansoori to New York, saying she doesn’t trust Bragg with the case. That means the slain sex worker could be the last of Almansoori’s alleged victims to get justice.

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