Arizona 'maniac' brutally murders sex worker and runs away in her pink legging: police

NYPD Chief of Detectives revealed that Almansoori has a history of violent attacks on women, spanning three states

By Web Desk
February 21, 2024
Denisse Oleas-Arancibia was found dead inside the hotel room on Feb. 8. — New York Police Department

A Queens mother working as an escort met a tragic end in a Soho hotel room.

The alleged assailant, Raad Almansoori, 26, is now in custody in Arizona, accused of a string of violent crimes against women.


The 38-year-old Denisse Oleas-Arancibia had an argument with Almansoori, her client, on February 7 which turned deadly. The dispute reportedly revolved around the duration of their interaction.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny revealed that Almansoori has a history of violent attacks on women, spanning three states.

While not officially charged in New York yet, Almansoori faces charges in Arizona for kidnapping and stabbing a McDonald's employee, as well as a carjacking incident at knifepoint.

His extensive out-of-state criminal record includes arrests in Florida and Texas. Last year, he faced charges of kidnapping and sexual assault in Florida but was out on bail when he arrived in New York.

The investigation uncovered disturbing details about the crime scene at the Soho 54 Hotel. Surveillance footage captured Almansoori leaving the hotel wearing Oleas-Arancibia's distinctive pink leggings, which she had checked in with the day before. Meanwhile, his male pants stained with blood were found in the hotel room.

The victim's son, Edwin Cevallos described her as a hardworking woman who moved to New York from Ecuador to provide a better life for her family. He expressed concern about her emotional state in the days leading up to her death, noting her apparent nervousness.

The cause of Oleas-Arancibia's death, determined by the NYC medical examiner, was compression of the neck and blunt head trauma. Investigators discovered bits of plastic embedded in her head, suggesting the bloody iron found at the crime scene was used in the heinous act.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has dispatched a prosecutor to Arizona to facilitate Almansoori's extradition to New York.

The arrest of this alleged "maniac" brings a sense of relief to law enforcement, aiming to bring justice to a grieving family and a community shaken by such a brutal crime.