Asun Thomas, 46, was charged with murder in October slaying of Luz Perez inside her home in the Bronx, NYC
Thomas, 46, a convicted killer out on parole is charged with strangling a Bronx mother to death and leaving her children, ages 2 and 5, alone with her corpse for more than a day
Perez, a 40-year-old mother-of-five, was found strangled to death by her two youngest children, ages 2 and 5
Perez’s children stayed with her lifeless body for more than 24 hours before her five-year-old son screamed for help out the window
The suspect turned himself in to police on Christmas Eve, a day after NYPD released his photos to the public
Cops say Thomas has a record of violence against women, with priors that includes a 2000 manslaughter conviction, on which he served 16 years before being paroled in 2016
Police said the mother was discovered dead on her bed by her two youngest children, ages two and five, who then alerted someone coming into the building to the situation by shouting out the front window.
The children had been in the apartment with their mother’s corpse for more than 24 hours, during which time they ate peanut butter sandwiches, before her five-year-old son called for help.
Thomas turned himself in to police on Christmas Eve, a day after the New York Police Department released his image [above], from a surveillance video
Thomas is accused of strangling Luz Perez, 40, in her Belmont apartment in October.
Thomas was paroled in 2016 after serving about 16 years of a 20-year prison sentence for a 2000 manslaughter conviction in the Bronx.
Police sources said Thomas has a history of violence against women.
Investigators were still trying to determine how, or if, Thomas knew Perez before he killed her, sources said.
Cops learned about Perez’s death Oct. 13, after someone spotted her 5-year-old son screaming for help through the window of her first-floor apartment on E. 187th St. near Bathgate Ave. in Belmont.
Police sources said cops initially believed Perez was stabbed with a screwdriver. Her death was eventually ruled a homicide by strangulation.
Thomas told police he lived on Porter Ave. in Bushwick, Brooklyn at the Peter J. Sharp Center for Opportunity — a transitional housing center run by The Doe Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting the homeless.
He’s charged with murder, and awaits arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court.
An autopsy showed that the victim was strangled to death inside her home .
It was initially reported that the victim was stabbed with a screwdriver, but an autopsy concluded that Perez’s cause of death was strangulation.
When Thomas surrendered to police on Tuesday, he told them he lived in a halfway house for homeless people in Brooklyn.
It remains unknown whether Thomas knew Perez before the killing.
Thomas is due in Bronx Criminal Court on December 30.