Nude Photo Allegations in Manny Stax Case Spark NYPD Internal Affairs Probe
MANHATTAN — The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating allegations that officers took a peek at naked photos of the fiancée of Chelsea clubland murder suspect Manuel Pinero while she was detained in jail, sources said.
The complaint, first reported by DNAinfo.com, was filed by Tanya Vazquez, 29, to the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
Vazquez said police detained her when she attempted to leave the 10th Precinct's station house hours after Christopher Adames, 23, was killed outside the Juliet Supperclub on Sept. 26. Her boyfriend, also known by his club promoter name, Manny Stax, has been charged with Adames' murder.
The complaint goes on to say that cops confiscated her cell phone, and when she got it back, there was a nude photo of her open on the phone.
'"Now I know why every time an officer came into the precinct, they came to look at me in my cell," she wrote. "I could also hear chatter about me from the desk outside."
An NYPD source denied that any officers looked at or used Vazquez's phone, and said that Vazquez was held in the station only until investigators determined she wasn't directly involved in Adames' murder.
Pinero turned himself in to authorities Sept. 28, two days after the murder, and was ordered held without bail.
Associate Justice David Saxe granted Pinero bail in the amount of $500,000 cash or a $1 million bond on Dec. 16. Pinero's supporters have organized a legal defense fund for him, but have yet to raise the cash needed to release him.