The Antifa-supporting girlfriend of Ryan Carson, the leftist activist stabbed to death in New York City, reportedly had “trouble” identifying the suspect in a photo police lineup, which could hurt the case against him.
Carson, 31, died after being stabbed in the chest multiple times in front of his girlfriend, Claudia V. Morales, earlier this month.
GRAPHIC WARNING: NY Post obtains and releases video showing fatal stabbing of Leftist activist Ryan Carson in front of girlfriend on NYC street late-night after wedding
1. Always carry a gun
2. Always keep distance between yourself and a potential threat
Such a senseless… pic.twitter.com/tpNyaJk2Ke
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Brian Dowling, 18, was taken into custody for the killing a few days later. A search of his home, a few blocks from the crime scene, turned up a hoodie that matched the one he was seen wearing in surveillance footage of the murder and a knife which is suspected to be the murder weapon.
When brought in for the lineup, his girlfriend picked the wrong person. Luckily, two other witnesses identified the correct person.
“The police do not protect you. ACAB. BLM.”
Ryan Carson’s girlfriend Claudia V. Morales is a cop-hating BLM activist. She was at a BLM riot in Boston in 2020, blaming police for violence when they tried to arrest rioters. pic.twitter.com/Gj6n4mHkw2
— Andy Ngô ️ (@MrAndyNgo) October 4, 2023
“The complainant’s girlfriend who witnessed the incident was shown a photo array. She picked a different person than the defendant out of the photo array,” the assistant district attorney told the judge, according to a report from ABC 7.
Morales has a long history of anti-police and pro-Black Lives Matter social media posts — which has led to many questioning if she was simply refusing to cooperate with officers. She is also the beneficiary of a large GoFundMe fundraiser that has raised over $60,000.
The more I think about Ryan Carson’s violent demise at the hands of a “troubled youth” the more the details just don’t seem to add up.
His girlfriend Claudia Morales, who stands to collect over $50,000 in donations from GoFundMe, reportedly refused to give any details… pic.twitter.com/5UjUUmOMTw
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 5, 2023
Police believe she is traumatized, which made it difficult for her to remember “basic details” of the attack.
Former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Bederow told The Messenger that her incorrect ID may be “potentially devastating and crippling” for the prosecution.
“It’s really too early to tell,” Bederow added.
Bederow explained that other DNA evidence may help with the case.
“If they found a weapon at this guy’s apartment and it has the DNA of the victim, that’s compelling in the other direction,” he said. “What the cops and prosecutor are going to have to do is work backward to find this guy’s location at the crime scene.”
This means police will have to find other surveillance footage or cell phone data to try and positively place him at the scene.
“It will likely be argued by the prosecution that the witness’ trauma in watching her boyfriend be stabbed before her eyes impacted her ability to identify the defendant,” former Brooklyn prosecutor Julie Rendelman, now a defense attorney, told The Messenger.
Dowling has been charged with murder with depraved indifference and criminal possession of a weapon.