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24-year-old charged over “vicious” murder of man he met on dating app

Alex Scott (center) is escorted by police following his arrest
Alex Scott (center) is escorted by police following his arrest (Photo: YouTube)

A 24-year-old has been charged with the murder of an older man he met via a dating app in New York City last week.

Alex Scott is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He relocated to the New York area in 2018. Last week, he met up with Kenneth Savinski, 64, after talking on an unnamed dating app.

CCTV footage shows the two men walking together last Wednesday to Savinski’s small East 83rd Street apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

“We see the two of them on surveillance video, walking arm in arm,” Assistant District Attorney Shira Arnow said in court at Scott’s arraingement on Saturday.

“The victim thought this would be a romantic liaison. The defendant thought this would be an opportunity to rob and attack.”

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Arnow said Scott murdered and then mutilated Savinski in a, “vicious, ferocious, crime scene attack.”

The older man’s blood-covered body was found in his apartment by a friend at around 5.20pm Wednesday afternoon. Police say his throat had been slit. He was struck several times with a sharp object and also had a deep gash on his forehead.

CCTV footage again revealed Scott leaving the apartment two hours after going in with Savinski.

“Two hours after we see him go into the victim’s apartment, he leaves,” Arnow said. “On surveillance video … we see him wearing the victim’s jacket, counting cash.

“Over the next day, he used the victim’s credit cards to buy himself food, to buy new clothing and cab rides.”

On Friday night, Scott “walked into the Midtown North Precinct with Savinski’s credit cards and ID on him and says he doesn’t remember the past few days, but he thinks he may have killed someone,” said Arnow.

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Neighbors recall Savinski as a friendly man who attended a local church almost daily. He “was one of the kindest, sweetest gentlemen – just a good guy,” Charles Franck, 66, told the New York Post.

Scott was held without bail.