Washington, DC - El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, age 28, was arrested in Brooklyn on Monday, for the gruesome torture and murder of visiting artist Corrina Mehiel. Evidence so far has shown that he did not know her.
According to The Washington Post, Corrina Mehiel's body was found on the afternoon of March 21stin a back room of a row house in the 600 block of 14th Street NE. She lived in North Carolina but had been in DC for months as a visiting artist at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.
Just before her disappearance, the racial justice activist had been attending an artists dinner to highlight the dangers of lead poisoning, which disproportionally affect black children.
It is unclear when the attack occurred, although video from a nearby home surveillance system showed Toure standing in front of Corrina Mehiel's residence and near her car on Monday, March 20th. The video also showed Toure driving her Prius around noon later that day.
Corrina Mehiel, age 34, was last heard from when she texted her boyfriend at 1:24 AM on that Monday. She was supposed to leave for her home in Burnsville, North Carolina later in the day. Police went to the residence about 4:15 PM to check on her after she had not arrived in North Carolina, as expected, and her father was unable to reach her.
When her body was found, she was tied with bedding and clothing, and had multiple stab wounds to her neck and body. She also had defensive wounds on her hands where she had tried to defend herself. She appeared to have been tortured, possibly for information to access her bank account. Her Prius was later found abandoned on March 23rd.
Police said that there was no evidence that she had been sexually assaulted.
Police described Toure as homeless and living in DC shelters. When he was arrested, he was wanted on a probation violation from a robbery conviction in Tennessee.
Toure also has an extensive criminal history in Georgia with convictions for making a terrorist threat, assault, and robbery. He has been charged with first degree murder while armed and theft in Corrina Mehiel's murder.
Toure has denied any involvement in Corrina Mehiel's murder through his attorney. Prosecutors say that he stole her Prius, drove it, and repeatedly withdrew money from her bank account using her bank card, in amounts of $400, $500, and $800. He also had paperwork in his possession that he purchased a car the day after Corrina Mehiel disappeared, with a $1,000 down payment.
Social media has been abuzz with commentary about this incident. Many have been claiming that this somehow proves something about black crime. Some of those who knew Mehiel wondered openly if Toure would have targeted her if he had only known that she was a social justice activist.
In reality, this crime has nothing to do with the victim being female, or white, or the suspect being black. He would not have cared that Corrina Mehiel was a social justice warrior. This horrific crime didn't have anything to do with the color of his skin or his victim's skin. It's almost as if people are trying to find some way to explain this crime other than the truth, which is that El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure is evil.
Evil people walk among us, preying on others. Those of us in law enforcement see it every day. Nothing is going to stop evil like this from continuing to victimize innocent people unless these criminals are permanently removed from society.
Unfortunately, due to politics, we are now in a time where violent criminals are treated like low-level crooks. The courts give them a slap on the wrist and release them to victimize more people. They talk about rehabilitation and blame lack of services for the recidivism rate. While that may have some truth for the non-violent criminals, you aren't going to be able to "rehabilitate" the evil people in our society.
It's time for people to stand up and say that they want violent crime taken seriously. Do you agree? If so, please share and let us know in the comments. If not, we'd like to hear from you as well. Please leave a comments and let us know what you think.