Man arrested over beating death at Lil' Kim party

Thu Aug 7, 2008 5:35pm EDT
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By Deborah Jian Lee

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City nightclub worker has confessed to beating a woman to death during a Sunday night birthday celebration for rapper Lil' Kim, the police commissioner said.

Rahman Syed, 24, was arrested at his home on Thursday after the body of Ingrid Rivera, also 24, was found stuffed in a rooftop utility room on Wednesday afternoon.

No charges have been laid but Syed, a bartender's assistant at the Spotlight Live club in Times Square, admitted killing Rivera, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Rivera was last seen at Spotlight Live, where bouncers kicked her out because she was drunk. Police said that was when Rivera met Syed, who offered to take her to find a friend.

Syed hit Rivera with a metal pipe in the building's elevator shed in the early hours of Monday after she refused his advances, police said.

When Rivera did not come home, her family filed a missing persons report. Police were unable to find the woman, despite searching the club, until a maintenance man discovered her body in the rooftop room more than two days after her death.

Spotlight Live representatives did not return calls for comment.

"We will be taking a very focused look at that club," said Kelly. "These are advertised events. It was not a private party."   Continued...

<p>A crowd gathers outside a club in Times Square where the body of a woman who attended a birthday party for the rapper Lil' Kim was found, in New York August 6, 2008. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid</p>