Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Astoria, NY: Woman, 30, Found Dead in Astoria Apartment

Police are searching for the boyfriend of a 30-year-old woman who was found dead with severe head injuries in an Astoria apartment., sources said Wednesday.

Police found the body of Danielle Thomas around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday while responding to a 911 call. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A neighbor said Thomas had told her she had an abusive boyfriend. The neighbor, who has a background in domestic violence counseling, told NBC 4 New York that she urged Thomas to stay away from him.

"I did encourage her to change her phone number and stay away from social media, try not to be in contact with him at all," the neighbor said. "I can't believe [this] happened."

Neighbors said Thomas moved into a third-floor apartment in the building about four months ago.

Law-enforcement sources said there was a history of incidents between Thomas and her boyfriend (UPDATE - later identified as Jason Bohn), who was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting her. Thomas told police he punched her in the face and back and told her, "It's war. I'm going to dedicate my life to hunting you down like a dog in the streets. I am going to make your life impossible," according to a criminal complaint.

A judge issued an order of protection against him on June 8.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

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