Nash tore off her clothes and started to beat her. She was able to call for help reaching her husband Mamadou Diallo, who works as a cab driver, by cellphone.
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Diallo's brother Ibrahima said the woman and her sister fought off Nash for about 20 minutes, according to the Daily News.
At some point Nash tried to escape, authorities said. Diallo, 61, arrived at home and his wife pointed our Nash down the hallway. Diallo cornered Nash in the elevator and Nash tried to beat Diallo with a belt but Diallo hit Nash with a tire iron, authorities said.
Nash, 43, suffered a fractured skull and died at Lincoln Hospital.
"While it was going on, I was thinking I was going to die," the victim, 51, told the Daily News. "I told my husband, 'Don't let him out.'"
Nash had 19 previous arrests on charges including drugs, arson, unlawful imprisonment, robbery and assault. He was paroled from prison on July 20, 2015.
He was most recently arrested and charged May 14 with aggravated harassment, according to the Daily News.