Lower East Sider Beaten to Death by Man Claiming to be CIA Agent in Bizarre Houseguest Gone Awry

Posted on: August 27th, 2019 at 5:08 am by

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File this one under “you can’t make this shit up.”

A Lower East Side resident was beaten senselessly last Tuesday by a Mississippi man claiming he was a CIA agent, four months after offering him a home, police said.

The victim, Doru Vaduvescu, 64, told police he and his wife, Mimi, met the 46-year-old “spy” back in February on a Central Intelligence Agency-themed chat group on Facebook, the Daily News learned. The couple then invited the assailant, Truman Delaney, to move into their home at 213 Henry Street about four months ago. He claimed that this was necessary to help “complete his missions.”

It went awry last week…

He allegedly beat Vaduvescu with a wooden rod after holding the elderly man and his wife captive for some 30 hours by nailing shut their bedroom door shut.

Delaney eventually forced the couple to give up the pin number to their bank account, according to police sources.

When Delaney left to go to the bank, Mimi Vaduvescu yelled out the window for help. Police responded to the home after getting a 911 call from an alarmed neighbor who said she believed someone was being held hostage.

Cops found the three in the bedroom. Vaduvescu suffered broken ribs and finger, and was transported to Bellevue Hospital. He reportedly went into cardiac arrest the next morning and died.

Delaney was arrested onsite, and investigators expect he will be charged with homicide.

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