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Youngstown woman strangled, stabbed 23 times

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -

Niagara Falls Police have confirmed that a body found in the trunk of a car in that city is that of a missing Youngstown woman, and a man arrested after that discovery is her boyfriend.

Police late Thursday announced that they had determined that Aniva Mickens, 28, had been stabbed 23 times. Her death was attributed to those stab wounds as well as 14 lacerations and she had also been strangled.

Authorities in New York became aware that Mickens may be in their state on Wednesday after receiving a call from a man in Youngstown claiming that his brother told him he had murdered his girlfriend and he was in Niagara Falls with the body in his car.

Niagara Falls Police found the car in a city owned parking lot. Inside the car's trunk was the body of Mickens.

Police and other agencies searched the city for Elliott and within a half hour tracked down Elliott who they say attempted to escape on a rented bicycle.

Police say when Elliott lunged at him with a folding knife, the officer used his Taser.

Between 25 and 30 officers surrounded Elliott and placed him under arrest.

Investigators say they don't know where the murder took place, but since Elliott is jailed in Niagara County on $400,000 bond, they should have time to figure that out as they work with Youngstown Police Detectives.

Although police are calling this a case of “murder” Elliot has only been charged with attempted assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and menacing police.

A Niagara County Grand Jury will consider those charges.

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