Philadelphia man busted in killing and dismembering of cross-dressing male prostitute
Charles Sargent, 43, is charged with committing murder after discovering the person he had sex with was not a woman but a man.
By Michael Walsh / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, July 20, 2013
The body of the victim was allegedly dismembered in a Strawberry Mansion neighborhood basement in Philadelphia.
A Philadelphia man was arrested for murdering a cross-dressing male prostitute and dumping his body parts in a vacant lot, sources say.
Charles Sargent, 43, thought he had sexual relations with a female hooker and allegedly grew enraged after he found out that she was actually a man.
Sargent used a hatchet and screwdriver to kill and dismember the unidentified victim, authorities suspect.
Charles Sargent’s girlfriend came home to find him with the body.
His girlfriend said that he confessed to the murder when she came home unexpectedly to find him dragging what looked like a body wrapped in sheets.
“This is going to be you next. You and your children,” he reportedly told his girlfriend, if she squealed. Then he allegedly hacked the victim up in his basement while blasting music loudly to drown out the loud whacks of his axe.
Despite the threats, the woman alerted the police, who took Sargent into custody, where he admitted to the manslaughter, authorities said.
Sargent threatened to kill his girlfriend if she told anyone. She alerted the police.
The dead prostitute’s mutilated body parts were uncovered in an empty lot in the city’s Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.
“We have an individual in Homicide now. He’s the one who told us where we could find the body,” Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told the Philadelphia Daily News. “It’s a huge vacant lot with weeds that are 3-to-4-feet high. The body was dismembered, and various parts were found in different places.”
Sargent was charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, abuse of a corpse and making terroristic threats, reported local station WCAU.
He has previously been charged with rape and aggravated assault.