Eerie Silence Led To Grizzly Discovery Of Corpse
A couple that robs together, wrecks their lives together. As a former New York City couple learned. Both were arrested and tried for a burglary gone bad and led to them breaking up.
It also led to the murder of the girlfriend. Who’s body would be hidden in the apartment of another woman.
The other had her own issues with the man. Allegedly, he beat her and the child they share together. Neighbors told police they were suspicious at how quiet the apartment had become in recent weeks.
Little did they know, there was a secret to why there was an eerie silence.
Robbery Of Mother
Anthony Portis and Dominique Ben-David dated briefly in 2018. The relationship was tumultuous and the couple often argued. Something that appears to be standard fare with Portis.
Ben-David told Portis that her mother had come into some money. They concocted a plan to steal the money from her mother. Shana Ben-David ended up forking over $200 in cash as well as jewelry.
Many have asked why Ben-David would do that to her mom. There is no answer to that. But she allegedly told Shana that Portis had a gun, then threatened to punch her if they didn’t get the money.
“I didn’t want it to come this, We were really being threatened and I knew she had money,” Ben-David told the police during questioning. Portis and Ben-David were charged with robbery and burglary.
Shana said she had already forgiven her daughter for the incident.
After the burglary and break up with Ben-David, Portis began dating another woman. She has remained unnamed to protect her and the child. Multiple reports suggested the two women lived in an apartment with Portis.
In early March 2020, Portis kicked, bit, and punched the mother of his child. A personal protection order was issued against him. On April 10, he was arrested for violating the order.
Police went to the apartment on April 11 and talked with neighbors. They complained about frequent arguments and a foul smell coming from the unit. Originally, the plan was to speak to the mother of Portis’ child to get a statement from her about the domestic abuse case. Neighbors told them that the other woman had moved to a shelter after the situation with Portis turned violent.
After going into the apartment, they discovered Ben-David’s corpse.
No Bail Murder
With the discovery of the body, police began looking at the social media accounts of everyone involved. A chilling post on Portis’ Facebook may have been a warning about what was to come: “You all realize I am going to snap one day…right?”
Ben-David’s death was deemed a homicide on April 24. However, because the body was so decomposed there was no way for the medical examiner to determine the method in which she was killed. Everything was handed over to the prosecutors.
The D.A.’s office was already busy with Portis. The day the body was discovered, he was in court on the domestic abuse charges. He was ordered to be held without bail because he had missed another court date.
That court date was in relation to the robbery charges he faced in the Shana Ben-David case.
Portis is in the Manhattan Detention Complex. Authorities have added murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon. He is waiting for his arraignment on the new charges.
Shana Ben-David told the press, “I’m just sick with it, I’m relieved that he was charged.”