Thursday, January 13, 2011

Portuguese journalist killed in luxury New York hotel

Portuguese journalist killed in luxury New York hotel

January 9, 2011, 3:08am

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prominent Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro, 65, was found dead at a luxury Manhattan hotel on Friday, police said, and news reports said he had been castrated and was left lying in a pool of blood.

A 20-year-old man was being held as a "person of interest" at Bellevue psychiatric hospital, a police spokeswoman said on Saturday. A police source identified him as Renato Seabra.

The New York Times quoted detectives as saying Seabra, a model from Portugal, had checked into the hotel together with Castro about10 days ago.

The police spokeswoman said police were called to the scene shortly after 7 p.m. local time on Friday evening and they found the victim dead in his room on the 34th floor of the Intercontinental Hotel, a luxury hotel a few blocks from Times Square. The police source identified him as Carlos Castro.

The spokeswoman said he had injuries to the head but declined to confirm other details reported in the media. "The medical examiner will determine the cause of death," she said.

The New York Post and other local media said Castro had been beaten and the attacker cut off his testicles, possibly with a broken wine glass.

The New York Post quoted police sources as saying that Seabra, who recently appeared on a modeling reality show in Portugal, went to hospital with both wrists slashed later on Friday night. He was taken from there to the psychiatric facility at Bellevue, it said.

Castro was a well-known Portuguese journalist born in Angola who contributed to media such as Diario de Noticias, 24 Horas and Correio de Manha.

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