Aquellio Parker, 29, from Queens has been accused of helping dispose of the body of a 42-year-old high-end escort who was found in a barrel in New Jersey
A New York man was arrested by police over claims he helped dispose of a sex worker’s body after she died in a Manhattan apartment building, before being stuffed into a plastic barrel.
Aquellio Parker, 29, from Queens, turned himself to the NYPD on Sunday, but he will be taken into custody by police from Bergen County in New Jersey, where the 55-gallon drum with the remains of Nicole Flanagan, 42, was found.
Parker was charged with being an accomplice to disturbing, moving human remains, desecrating, damaging and/or destroying human remains and conspiring to disturb, move, conceal and/or desecrate a deceased body.
He was seen bringing a large barrel into the building at 95 Wall Street on August 11, which contains offices and rental apartments.
The next day he was seen again, bringing the barrel out and loading it in a U-Haul van that had been parked outside, around 10.45pm.
Police said Flanagan, a mother-of-three, was last seen on surveillance footage on August 6 entering the building in downtown Manhattan, before riding up to its 11th floor.
Investigators had previously said that Flanagan was accompanied by a 25-year-old gang member that was a person of interest in the investigation.
Further updates on an investigation into that man have not been shared. The next day, that man was spotted wheeling the barrel out to a U-Haul van parked by another man near the service entrance to the building. It is unclear if that man was Parker.
At this point, It is not known either if his chargers will be upgraded to murder, with a cause of death yet to be determined.
No other people have been arrested in connection to the crime.
Flanagan, who lived in the Bronx but was originally from Queens, was a high-end escort.
She had lost contact with her family after she started having problems with drugs and alcohol, a family friend told the New York Post.
Her body was found undressed and with no evident injuries on August 13 and identified on August 20 by the Bergen County Prosecutor Office.
Toxicology results are still to determine the cause of her death.
Prior to her death Nicole Flanagan (pictured) checked into the Hampton Inn on Pearl Street on August 4 for a planned one-night stay in Room 804
Flanagan’s body was found in a 55-gallon barrel in a New Jersey last week after being carted out of 95 Wall Street in the barrel on Thursday
The New York Post also reported that prior to her death, Flanagan checked into the Hampton Inn on Pearl Street, Lower Manhattan, on August 4 for a planned one-night stay in Room 804.A hotel worker said they found a nearly empty bottle of booze, crack pipes and a joint in her hotel room.
The booze and drugs were found in a luxury room in the hotel that usually goes for $300 a night but Flanagan, a frequent guest, used her ‘silver member’ points to cut the cost in half, the hotel worker said.
‘It’s the best room — with a balcony, the city view and everything,’ they added.
Flanagan either left the room late August 4 or very early on the morning of August 5 but never returned to check out, so the hotel extended her stay and charged her an an extra $100.
But when employees realized she was not returning they entered the room and found crack pipes, an almost empty bottle of Hennessy cognac and weed laying around.
Also found in the room were a pair of pink panties, a pair of black ‘booty shorts,’ cosmetic bags and a single, slingback stiletto heel shoe.
Days after her apparent wild hotel stay, the mother-of-three’s body was found in a barrel.
Earlier in the evening, she was accompanied by the man the NYPD identified, a 25-year-old who has since been said to be a member of the notorious SNOW Gang, according to the Post.
On August 19, police in bulletproof vests raided the apartment on the 22nd floor of 95 Wall Street, which Flanagan listed as a residence.
Police in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey, on Friday were called to reports of a strange barrel left in the street (pictured)
Officers are seen inspecting the green barrel Flanagan’s body was found in in footage obtained by CBS News
But neighbors said they missed the ‘two guys’ that live there by a few hours.
‘They were OK guys. They would stop and talk. They were loud and would play hip-hop music but they seemed harmless.
‘You never know. One day they seem harmless, but one day you’re in a barrel in New Jersey,’ one neighbor told the Daily News..
Another resident said he had been on a Zoom call when he heard ‘a big noise’ at around 11.15am.
‘I heard, “Get down! Get down! Get down!” he said. ‘Not being afraid I just opened my door to see what was happening and there were eight policemen with guns drawn and they had pried the door.’
One neighbor living next to the men on the 22nd floor said the cops had ‘missed these guys by a few hours.’
‘I thought they were dealing drugs, but they were always riding skateboards. I just thought they were on the delivery end. Their apartment smelled like marijuana and bad air freshener. They always had some strange incense going,’ he added.