BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW IN JAIL WITH DYLAN LENTINI, 19, ACCUSED OF W. NYACK MURDER
orginally published may 5, 2016
BY CAROL MCILMURRAY, EDITOR
Dylan Lentini, a transplant from Sacramento, CA, was living in NYC homeless shelters before the Dec. 1 late night slay of Michael Wimbert, 66. Lentini is now temporarily residing at Rockland County Jail in New City as he awaits trial for the killing that has sparked much water cooler talk and online controversy.
Carol McIlmurray sat down face-to-face with Dylan Lentini at Rockland County Jail in two separate interviews to speak about the December night that ended in murder charges. Wimbert, the victim, was a Rockland man who lived in Pomona with his ex-wife until they divorced in 2002. Michael Wimbert operated a tropical fish store operator on Route 59 named, “Mr. Fish” which he closed around the same time as his divorce. More recent, Wimbert was a teaching assistant for developmentally challenged students in the Mount Pleasant Union School System in Westchester for a period of approximately two years.
Lentini,19, says he responded to a Craigslist ad seeking a roommate in Wimbert’s home. In the interview, Lentini stated he only had a about 150 dollars to his name and he was in desperate needed a place to live. He was working a telephone sales job in Queens and could he no longer afford to stay in New York City.
Lentini says he has always maintained self-defense as the one and only reason the Dec 1 stabbing death occurred.
“I was trying to protect myself and this guy just wouldn’t take no for an answer. He was attacking me, I didn’t know what else to do.”
Lentini described Wimbert as “small in stature but very strong and sturdy”.
Lentini continued to explain to “When I was testifying, the DA asked me how many times I stabbed him. I said, I don’t know. He said to guess. I said I didn’t count. Apparently, people count how many times they stab someone, I didn’t know that people did that, and he told me to guess. I said, I don’t know, twelve. When he told me twenty-four times, I was blown away. I mean, I couldn’t believe it because, this is very important, every time I stabbed, he was coming at me. There was not one stab where he was lying on the ground, each and every time I stabbed him he was still attacking me.”
Cops say Lentini met Michael Wimbert three days prior on Nov 27 at the White Plains train station after responding to the Craigslist ad seeking “a young male 18-25” to live in his upstairs West Nyack apartment.
On Dec. 1, police found Dylan Lentini walking down W. Nyack Road with his right hand slashed open. Police detained Lentini as emergency service personnel responded to 68 Demarest Road to find a lifeless Michael Wimbert in a pool of his own blood.
Lentini told police that Wimbert sexually assaulted him during his three-day stay at the three-tenant apartment house. Lentini told cops that Wimbert made him to perform oral sex multiple times and at one point Wimbert raped him by means of sodomy.
While Lentini maintains self-defense was the sole reason for the winter stabbing, law enforcement asserted Wimbert was killed for his money. According to Lentini, cops found $140 dollars on Lentini after he fled the West Nyack house.
According to cops, Lentini left the home on foot yelling “Call the hospital! Call 911,” as a neighbor looked on from the porch smoking a cigarette.
One outstanding detail that the rocklandpost found in police paperwork is that before Lentini fled the second floor apartment, he took a shower after the gruesome stabbing, likely to wash the excessive bloodshed from his hair and body.
Lentini was indicted by a Rockland Grand Jury on four counts of robbery in the first charges and three counts of murder in the second. Even though a grand jury of Lentini’s peers decided to indict on all charged counts overseeing County Justice William A. Kelly dropped all four robbery and two of the three of the murder. This drop of six of the seven felony charges, as first reported by McIlmurray, leaves one count of Murder in the second to be tried against Lentini in court.
“This makes our theory, that he killed the deceased in self-defense the most plausible and only likely theory going,” stated Kenneth Murphy to the rocklandpost, second appointed counsel for Lentini.
Dylan Lentini is represented by public defenders, Walter Sakowsoi and Kenneth Murphy, his next appearance date is June.
Below is a copy of the Craigslist ad Lentini very likely answered before leaving NYC for the suburbs. The ad may go down in the ever-growing list of Craigslist Murders.
It is the only ad post on Craigslist Hudson Valley that matches up with official sources’ descriptions.
Retyped without edits:
gay male roommate (Rockland Cty)
Before you read the posting, I am not rich, not a Sugar Daddy.
I don’t have a Rolls, Diamond Ring or Rolex.
If you are ok with that read on .
Looking for the way out of being treated like a child?
Do you want to move out of Dad’s basement –
This is a living arrangement quid pro quo, I am looking for company someone I can talk with.
Tired of living alone, would like some with whom I can talk, see a movie etc.
I need a house keeper and fun.
located nice section in rockland cty
I am seeking male white age 18-25.
Seeking honest and bright.
d/d free, no smoking, no alcoholics, no 420 in house,just be sane. (420-I do not want smell in house)
what you do outside is your business
if interested contact me and we can talk.
63 white,5ft6in and 190 lbs
- do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers