DEFENDANT NICHOLAS BROOKS INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGE IN THE DEATH OF SYLVIE CACHAY

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment and arraignment of NICHOLAS BROOKS, 24, in Manhattan Supreme Court on one count of Murder in the Second Degree [1] in connection with the December death of Sylvie Cachay.

According to documents filed in court, on December 9, 2010, at approximately 12:30 a.m., BROOKS and the victim entered Soho House, a hotel and private members club located at 29-35 Ninth Avenue in Manhattan. A guest staying on a lower floor of Soho House reported to hotel management that water was leaking through the ceiling of that guest's room. A hotel employee investigating the source of the leak entered Cachay's room and discovered the victim's body submerged in water in an overflowing bathtub. Emergency medical personnel at the scene pronounced the victim dead at approximately 3:30 a.m.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York ruled that the cause of death was neck compression and drowning, and the manner of death was homicide.

Assistant District Attorneys Jordan Arnold and Rachana Pathak are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Mahoney, Chief of Trial Bureau 60; Assistant District Attorney Ann Prunty, Counsel to the Trial Division; Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Deputy Chief of the Trial Division; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Chief of the Trial Division.

Defendant Information:

NICHOLAS BROOKS, D.O.B. 02/08/1986
New York, NY

Charge:

Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, one count

A class A felony is punishable by up to 25 years to life in prison.

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