Mamadou Diallo, age 61, is a true protector of the women in his family. This past Monday night, a man identified as Earl Nash, age 43, slipped into the Bronx, New York apartment building that Diallo’s family lives in. According to witness statements, Nash was going from door to door asking for water when he came to the Diallo family apartment. That is when Nenegale Diallo opened the door thinking it was her son. Nash rushed into the apartment, pushing the woman down and then took off his pants. The woman’s sister was also in the apartment and was in shock by the suddenness of the attack. According to Nengale, she offered Nash money to leave them alone and he responded, “I don’t want money. I’m going to rape you.”
The woman then fought Nash with household items, including bashing him with a chair for about 20 minutes. That’s when one of the women called Mamadou Diallo, who is a cab driver and was outside the building. Diallo rushed to his apartment and found his naked wife and Nash in the hallway. She screamed to her husband, “Don’t let him out!”
Diallo was armed with a tire iron and fought with Nash, beating him across his body and fracturing his skull. When police arrived, Nash was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries. Diallo was then charged with manslaughter despite the fact that he was defending his family and home. Diallo appeared in court yesterday with the support of family and a large group of the Guinean community. The judge heard the evidence and the manslaughter charges were dropped to two counts of assault, harassment and criminal possession of a weapon. Diallo was then released on his own recognizance.
It was found that Earl Nash was a career criminal with 19 arrests on his record that includes bribery and drug charges. In 2003, Nash pleaded guilty to the imprisonment of a 17-year-old girl for two days. During that time, he raped, physically abused and stabbed his victim. He has out on parole since July 2015 but was arrested on May 14, 2016 on a harassment charge.