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Ex-Con Charged in Kips Bay Murder Found Hiding Under Blankets: Prosecutors

October 31, 2017 1:57pm | Updated October 31, 2017 1:57pm
Latisha Fowler was allegedly beaten to death by her ex-con boyfriend, Charles Pratt, inset, police said.
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KIPS BAY — The ex-con charged with killing "the woman that he loved" in an East 28th Street apartment building was found hiding under a blanket just feet away from his girlfriend's dead body, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said.

Charles Pratt, 33, was charged with murder and strangulation in connection with the death of Latisha Fowler, 38, inside an 18th floor apartment at 344 E. 28th St., between First and Second avenues, on Sunday around 9:15 a.m., police said.

Pratt choked Fowler with his hands and a cord during an argument. Her 6-year-old son was inside the apartment at the time, the NYPD and prosecutors said.

Pratt later told investigators “that he was sorry for killing the woman that he loved,” court papers state.

A New York City Housing Authority repairman found Fowler’s body after her son opened the door, and the worker called 911, the NYPD said.

Pratt, who has 10 prior arrests, including a sealed arrest for rape last year, was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. He’s due back in court Friday.

His lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.