Cops nab hotel stabber

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Police in Bay Ridge have arrested a woman and charged her with fatally stabbing a man in the Best Western Gregory Hotel last month.

Pamela Hanson, 20, of Bedford-Stuyvesant, was collared on Tuesday after a meeting with her parole officer on an unrelated drug charge.

Hanson (pictured at her perp walk) was charged with second-degree murder for stabbing 26-year-old David Diaz inside a hotel room the two briefly shared.

According to police, Diaz and Hanson, who were friends, checked into the hotel at around 3 pm on Dec. 2 for an afternoon frolic. But Hanson told cops that at one point, Diaz became violent, and she stabbed him in self-defense.

She cleaned up the blood and was last seen by surveillance cameras the next morning as she left the hotel, which is on Fourth Avenue near 84th Street.

Captain Eric Rodriguez, the commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, told The Brooklyn Paper he was proud of his detectives and the Brooklyn South Homicide squad for identifying and catching the suspect so quickly.

Updated 4:01 pm, November 10, 2010
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