Police: Man acknowledged stabbing artist
Raymond L. Williams, charged with murder in the slaying of Azin Naimi, told detectives he stabbed her with a pair of scissors inside an art warehouse near White Flint mall, according to an arrest affidavit signed by a Montgomery County police detective.
Williams is scheduled to have a bond review at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Police have not released a motive in the case, and it's not clear whether they have learned of one. Naimi went missing from Montgomery County on Sunday night, and her body was discovered Monday morning in the District.
According to the arrest affidavit, signed by Detective Dimitry Ruvin, investigators built their case by tracking Naimi's final movements, reviewing video surveillance and looking at Williams's cellphone records.
Naimi was last seen leaving her residence in the North Bethesda-Rockville area at 7:15 p.m. Sunday night. Sixteen minutes later, surveillance video from outside the Art Warehouse on Nebel Street showed her walking toward her office door, according to the affidavit.
"At that point in time, the victim was alone and everything appeared fine," Ruvin wrote.
The video surveillance showed a multicolored SUV pulling up to the Art Warehouse. The image doesn't give a complete picture of what happened, but the SUV eventually is seen pulling away, according to the affidavit.
Williams's cellphone records indicate that at 11:01 p.m. Sunday night, he placed a call to a residence in the 800 block of Farragut Street NW, near where Naimi's body was later discovered.
On Tuesday, detectives arrested Williams in Gaithersburg, and took him to police headquarters.
"He confessed to killing Naimi by stabbing her with scissors while inside the Art Warehouse," Ruvin wrote. "Williams also admitted to transporting the body to" the District.
-- Dan Morse
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