An NYPD officer has been fatally stabbed by her estranged husband after he accused her of cheating with another police officer.
The accused, Argenis de Jesus Baez Pizano, was said to have repeatedly stabbed Officer Arianna Reyes-Gomez, 31, in her home on Grand Concourse early Monday, June 13.
A surveillance video shows that trouble began after an argument between the couple when Pizano, 34, confronted Reyes-Gomez in her doorway. He could be seen struggling with her as he pushes his way inside, Assistant District Attorney David Birnbaum said.
He stabbed her eight times in the breasts, leg, chest and back, and video shows him leaving her home two minutes later, carrying a knife, Birnbaum said.
Pizano then confessed to an aunt, who had her son call 911, Birnbaum said.
In a bizarre statement to detectives on Tuesday, the accused man tried to blame his spouse’s fellow patrol officer who he alleges she was having an affair with.
He claims the officer told him to commit the bloody crime.
“If you find [the officer, the officer] is the one who told me to do this. He’s the one who told me to kill her,” Pizano told investigators, Assistant District Attorney David Birnbaum said at Pizano’s arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday afternoon.
In another statement to cops, he said, “I can’t believe I did that,” Birnbaum said.
“And that was preserved on video,” the prosecutor added.
Pizano’s defense lawyer, John Russo suggested to reporters he was angered by an alleged extramarital affair.
Outside the courtroom, Pizano’s brother, who spoke in Spanish through a translator but didn’t give his name, alleged the victim was having an affair.
“She had a relationship with her partner on patrol,” he alleged. “That was part of the trigger. The officer was with her before in the apartment.”
Pizano’s defense lawyer, John Russo, said he’d be looking into that claim.
“There is some rumor she was having an affair with her partner,” he charged, without elaborating. “We are going to get to the bottom of it.”
Reyes-Gomez’s fellow transit officers packed the courtroom and filled the hallway to watch the proceedings.
She was a wonderful person,” one officer attending the proceedings said. “A lot of people are suffering. This should never have happened.”
Pizano is charged with murder, manslaughter and weapons possession.
Pizano and Reyes-Gomez have a son together who turns 4 in August, her family told the Daily News Monday. The couple were still married but had lived apart for eight months, the slain officer’s sister said.
#BREAKING Argenis Baez, 34, has been charged in the killing of off duty NYPD Officer Arianna Reyes-Gomez. The perpetrator is seen escorted out of the 44th precinct in handcuffs by detectives to awaiting jail transport vehicle.
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A domestic dispute between an off-duty NYPD officer and her estranged husband led to her death on Monday, police said. Arianna Reyes-Gomez was found unconscious, unresponsive, and with multiple stab wounds on her body inside an apartment in the Bronx at around 2:50 a.m. pic.twitter.com/Gqs1rt0TAu
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