New York Daily News: UPPER MANHATTAN – An 18-year-old who stabbed his 16-year-old girlfriend to death did so in a fit of jealous rage after she received a call from another man, a police official said Tuesday.

Furious over the call, Zyaire Crumbley fatally slashed Saniyah Lawrence in the neck inside an apartment building on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. near W 136th St on Sunday night, according to cops. It was not immediately clear when exactly Lawrence received the phone call.

Crumbley, accompanied by his mother and private attorney, turned himself in to the 32nd Precinct stationhouse in Harlem the night after the gruesome crime, a source said. He was arrested and charged with murder.

Police had been on the right track, knocking on the doors of Crumbley’s relatives while they searched for him, the source added.

“We were getting closer and closer. It was just a matter of time,” the source said.

Family members warned Crumbley that cops were closing in on him and persuaded him to turn himself in, the source said.

Police investigate a stabbing at 2306 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in Manhattan, on Sunday.
Police investigate a stabbing at 2306 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in Manhattan, on Sunday – Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News

Crumbley, sporting a white surgical mask, an orange-and-teal jacket, black pants and black-and-white sneakers, did not say a word as cops walked him out of the 32nd Precinct stationhouse on Tuesday night.

“Why would you do that?” Lawrence’s grieving maternal grandmother, Denise Jackson, 51, previously told the Daily News. “Why would you just take her life?”

Top Feature Photo: Zyaire Crumbley, right, was angry that his girlfriend, Saniyah Lawrence, left, got a call from another man, and he allegedly fatally slashed her in the neck inside an apartment building on Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd near W 136th St at about 5:40pm on Sunday.