2007_07_rockawaysmurd.jpgPolice are investigating the discovery of a bound and mutilated body, found in the attic apartment of a home on Beach 69th Street in the Arverne neighborhood. The victim is described as a 55-year-old man, and news reports say his penis was cut off, though that has not been confirmed by the ME's office.

The tenant of the apartment, Brigitte Harris, apparently made a 911 call about a bleeding man around 1PM, but left before responders arrived. The building's owner, Felicia Khan, said Harris left so quickly that her door was still open. Khan told the Daily News she had been in the basement and when she went upstairs, the police told her, "There's a body upstairs. We'll be here all day." Khan also said to WCBS 2, "I'm scared. I don't know what went on up in there, and its my house."

Harris is described as a woman in her 20s who works for the Transportation Safety Administration; the Khans said she had lived there for a year and was quiet . A neighbor told the Post that Harris "looked tough, looked freaky. She had mixed color hair; blue, burgundy, black - it stands out, like a punkish look."