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Published On: Fri, Sep 13th, 2019

Anthony Lewis identified as dead body found near Harlem Starbucks, rolled up in a red carpet

New York police have identified the man found dead in Harlem, his body rolled in a red carpet outside a Starbucks Thursday as Anthony Lewis.

Lewis, 27, of Brooklyn, was found Thursday morning, when officers responded to a 911 call by a Starbucks employee and a passerby saw feet sticking out of the carpet in front of 301 West 145th St. in Harlem.

Police are now working to review surveillance video, which shows two men in baseball caps casually pushing a Target shopping carpet that apparently contained a body wrapped in a rolled-up carpet in Harlem during the overnight hours on Thursday morning.

Check out the clip below.

The investigation has now been tied to an apartment building along West 147th Street near Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

Initially, Lewis was allegedly killed by blunt force trauma to the head, found fully clothed, but it has been confirmed that Lewis had multiple gunshot wounds, one in the chest.

The victim was not carrying identification and was wearing gray sweatpants and a T-shirt, and the body was wrapped in a plastic bag inside the carpet.

“We have some potential wounds to the head, the medical examiner is on scene, and we’ll have to wait for an official autopsy,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said. “We’ll go from there.”

James Greene, who has been the concierge at the Langston for 13 years, says he saw the people who dumped the body on the building’s surveillance tape.

“Two people walked by with a shopping cart, the shopping cart is over there now. They walked by and dumped it over there by my car,” Greene said.

No arrests have been made as police consider the investigation ongoing.

Lewis lived in Bed-Stuy’s Tompkins Houses on Park Avenue.

“I’m trying to figure it out myself how he got all the way in Harlem and we live here in Brooklyn,” Lewis’ distraught mother told the Daily News at the family’s Bedford-Stuyvesant home. “We don’t know. We don’t know.”

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

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