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Oct 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman, 82, fatally struck by hit-run driver near Bronx home


An elderly woman was fatally mowed down by a hit-and-run driver steps from her Bronx home Friday night, police said.


Hilda Arocho, 82, was headed across Pitman Ave. near Gunther Ave. in Wakefield when she was hit by a white Dodge Enterprise rental van around 9:10 p.m., police said.


She was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition where she died, according to authorities.


“She was crossing the street from her daughter’s like she did every night,” said one neighbor who declined to give his name. “She was a great lady.”


The driver got out of his van, eyed Arocho’s crumpled body and ran off, according to the neighbor.


“He looked like he wanted to touch her. Then he got on his phone,” he said. “(Arocho’s) daughter came out of the house enraged. She was screaming. He (the driver) blended into the crowd and took off.”


Another witness, who wouldn’t give his name, said that he heard the van struck Arocho.


“It was crazy,” he said. “There was a boom. I heard her scream. She was on the ground behind the van. He gets out and runs off.”


Cops are still searching for the driver.

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Oct 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman guilty of killing pregnant pal, cutting baby out of womb


A Bronx jury — after deliberating about five hours — found a deranged woman guilty of murder nearly two years after she slit her pregnant friend’s throat and carved her unborn baby from her body.


The panel of seven men and five women issued their verdict in a hushed courtroom just before 5 p.m. Thursday after asking to review a range of evidence and testimony.


Ashleigh Wade was convicted of second-degree murder and kidnapping for performing the crude Caesarean section on Angelikque Sutton, 22, after plunging a knife into her multiple times on Nov. 20, 2015. Wade claimed the baby was hers. The killer even pretended she was pregnant before plotting and executing the sickening crime.


Sutton’s mother Deborah Sutton and other relatives silently wiped tears from their eyes after the verdict came down.

Lawyer likens client who killed pregnant pal to bullied stabber


“Justice prevailed, the truth was revealed and my daughter was avenged,” Sutton said as she hugged her husband.


William Sutton added, “Whatever you write, write something good about my daughter, because she was a beautiful girl, a beautiful girl.”


One juror said she had no trouble finding Wade guilty of murder but felt sympathy for the 24-year-old woman who now faces up to life in prison.


“It’s unfortunate because there are no winners here really,” said juror Maggie Santiago, 64. “The child has to live with this.”

Woman says she thought baby she cut out of slain friend was hers


Santiago said she felt “horror” when she saw the gruesome images of Sutton’s mangled body shown by prosecutors throughout the trial.


“The case is going to stay with us for awhile,” she said. “You have a child that has to go through this every year on her birthday. It’s a horrible thing.”


Wade’s lawyer Amy Attias briskly left the courtroom, saying only, “She’s sobbing and she’s sorry.”


The sentencing was set for Oct. 20. Wade faces 25 years to life in prison.

Bronx woman accused of killing pregnant pal seeks therapist


“The facts of this case are unfathomable: A child was yanked from the womb moments after her mother was murdered on her wedding day,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said.


“Two years later, that child is a vibrant little girl, a testament to survival and hope.”


Attias told the jury on Wednesday that Wade should be convicted of manslaughter instead of murder. She argued that Wade was acting under extreme emotional disturbance when she stabbed Sutton 20 times on her wedding day and removed the baby, Jenasis. 

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Oct 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx cop says NYPD bosses are targeting him over abuse claims


An embattled Bronx detective who says police brass are hanging him out to dry has filed a federal discrimination complaint.


David Terrell, 44, the target of more than a dozen lawsuits, says a city agency has cleared him of repeatedly arresting one teen and making moves on his mom — all of which re-emphasizes the heap of brutality and arrest suits against him are baseless.


Yet, Terrell says, he’s still behind a desk while other officers who were roped in with him on accusations of dirty police work are on full duty and assigned to ranks with more pay and promising career paths.


On Thursday, he filed a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying he’s been singled out by his NYPD superiors right up to Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Lawsuits accuse NYPD cop of terrorizing teens and their moms


Terrell’s police work came into focus following a civil lawsuit by Pedro Hernandez, 18. The cop said he was not involved in Hernandez’s July 2015 arrest in a shooting case that was later dismissed. The alleged victim claimed Terrell threatened to beat him if he didn’t name Hernandez as the gunman.


Hernandez was held on Rikers Island for more than a year on 0,000 bail for an arrest in a second shooting. He was released in July, when the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Group put up the bail money.


Bronx prosecutors ended up dismissing the case.


Prosecutors have said Hernandez had gang ties and a criminal past — even if four of seven felony arrests since 2014 have been dropped. He still faces charges for an unrelated robbery.

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Terrell, 44, also filed a notice in late August saying he’s planning to sue the city for 5 million because it doesn’t protect its officers and public taxpayer money from plaintiffs’ lawyers and investigators looking to make a quick buck on the backs of hard-working, successful cops.


The police commissioner is worried about his political career. They’re all worried about their political careers and they are sacrificing him,” Terrell’s lawyer, Eric Sanders, told the Daily News on Thursday.


Right now, Terrell, a detective specialist, has been stripped of his shield and gun. Back in the 42nd Precinct, he was a field intelligence officer.


Sanders said his client’s now working a desk job in Manhattan Central Booking — but police still ask him for tips and pointers on Bronx gang activity.

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“He’s an expert in this stuff,” said Sanders.


The police department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


A spokesman for the city Law Department declined comment.


A lawyer for the teen and mother — plus more than 20 other people who say Terrell’s done them dirty — didn’t sound fazed by Terrell’s discrimination charge. But they also didn’t buy it.

EXCLUSIVE: Detective is NYPD’s most-sued cop with 28 lawsuits


“He’s not innocent in any way, shape or form,” attorney John Scola said.


Terrell’s filing says the Civilian Complaint Review Board cleared him on Sept. 5 on allegations that Terrell beat Angelo Cotto while making advances on Cotto’s mother, Elizabeth Rosado.


Sanders wrote to O’Neill, saying the CCRB conclusions fit with his law firm’s own review of Terrell’s career “which clearly indicates these, and the other allegations of criminal activities and serious misconduct lodged against him are ‘false.’ “


Sanders Sept. 14 letter demanded “immediate reinstatement” for his client — but he said he’s heard nothing from O’Neill.


Even if Rosado and Cotto’s CCRB case is off the table, they have filed a federal lawsuit against Terrell in Manhattan. That case is pending.


Scola said Rosado and Cotto lodged their CCRB complaints by themselves, so he couldn’t speak to the outcome. But he said the oversight agency “doesn’t have the teeth to scare the police to participate fully.” 

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Oct 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: MTA to add more space on L line by retrofitting train cars


Subway riders, prepare for the cattle cars.


Crews are retrofitting train cars on the L line so that entire benches can fold up and lock shut during rush hour so that more people can cram on board, sources told the Daily News.


Meanwhile, MTA crews are revamping an older model of train car — known as R46, which travels on the A, F, R and shuttle lines — by removing seats from the ends of the cars. The cars are getting an extra splash of Gov. Cuomo-approved color — blue seats with yellow panels, according to photos obtained by the Daily News.


Under Chairman Joe Lhota, the MTA is again experimenting with fewer seats on trains to get more people inside. This week, the MTA rolled out train cars on the E line that had the seats removed from each end, to put up to 10 more riders in a car.

MTA expanding E train car capacity to fit 10 more straphangers


The retrofitted L trains will use the same hardware from a 2008 pilot that was ultimately aborted when riders were getting hit with service cuts and fare hikes.


The seats will flip up and lock during rush hour, one source told The News. These cars also had plastic “straps” that hang from the handrail above.


A source said the cars on the L line will be used on a test train, but unclear when that will hit tracks or how many cars the MTA is changing altogether.


The MTA declined to answer questions from The News.


“Enhanced reliability and expanded passenger capacity are essential to getting people from Point A to Point B quickly, safely and comfortably,” MTA spokesman Shams Tarek said in a statement.


“Selected seat modifications on a small number of trains — like the trains that rolled out this week with new mechanical equipment as well as seat removals — is a pilot program that’s only a part of Chairman Lhota’s comprehensive Subway Action Plan.”


Lhota in July raised the idea of removing train car seats on the L and 42nd St. shuttle lines as part of his plan to fix the subway.


Rider advocates cautioned that passengers may not like the trade-off between extra standing space and fewer seats.

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“You’re going to anger a lot of riders who worked a long day or need a seat because they’re pregnant, have a disability or are just tired,” Jaqi Cohen, campaign coordinator with the Straphangers Campaign, said.


“I think they would rather see a greater frequency of trains to handle overcrowding than seats removed from their subway cars.”


Andrew Albert, a rider’s representative on the MTA board, said he thought testing out a seatless ride would work on the 42nd St. shuttle, which zips between Times Square and Grand Central Terminal.


But he thought testing a ride with fewer seats on the L line or other crowded trains was too far.

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“If someone’s commuting all the way (on the L line) from Canarsie to Manhattan, that’s a long way for someone to have to stand,” Albert said.


“People work hard all day and they deserve a seat if they’re lucky enough to get one.”

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Oct 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Jury starts deciding fate of woman who cut baby from pregnant pal


The jury in the trial of a Bronx woman who stabbed a pregnant friend to death and cut her baby out of her womb has begun deliberations.


The panel of seven men and five women entered the jury room about 11:30 a.m. Thursday after receiving formal instructions from the Judge Margaret Clancy.


Ashleigh Wade, 24, is accused of performing a crude Caesarean section on Angelikque Sutton after plunging a knife into Wade multiple times on Nov. 20, aiming to take the baby as her own.


“I know there are times throughout the trial that you may have had feelings of sympathy for the deceased or the deceased’s child. But whatever feelings of sympathy you have must be put aside,” Clancy told the jurors just before they began deliberating.


Wade pretended she was pregnant before plotting and executing the horrific crime.


During closing arguments Wednesday, prosecutor Margaret Holzman told the jury it was a case of murder “plain and simple.”


“I do not want you to decide this case because of emotion. She is guilty of murder and she is guilty of kidnapping.”


Wade is charged with murder, manslaughter and kidnapping.


If the jury decides that Wade is guilty of the top charge of intentional murder, they must then consider whether Wade was emotionally disturbed. If they believe she was, they can downgrade the charge to manslaughter.


Attorney Amy Attias told the jury Wednesday Wade should be convicted only of manslaughter instead of murder.


She argued that Wade was acting under extreme emotional disturbance when she killed Sutton and removed the baby, Jenasis Bradley, who survived, from Sutton’s body.


“Ashleigh killed Angelikque. It was an intentional murder,” she said. “She stabbed her until she killed her. That is intent of murder. Check — guilty.


“Once you have found that, you have to look at did this happen under extreme emotional disturbance, thereby making it manslaughter?”

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Oct 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx student in custody after bringing gun to middle school


Cops took a 13-year-old boy into custody Thursday after he brought an unloaded gun into his Bronx middle school, police said.


School safety agents at the Bronx Park Middle School on Wallace Ave. near Mace Ave. in Allerton found the weapon in the teen’s backpack at about 9:40 a.m., police said.


Several children in the school knew the teen had the weapon on him and at least one reported it, a source with knowledge of the incident said.


No injuries were reported.

Surge in number of weapons found in NYC schools


School staffers immediately called police, Department of Education spokeswoman Toya Holness said.


“Students and staff are safe, families are being notified, and we are supporting the school to ensure appropriate follow-up action is swiftly taken,” Holness said.


The Bronx Park Middle School does not have metal detectors, officials said.


The discovery comes as weapons seizures have skyrocketed in city schools, officials said.

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From July 1 through Sept. 30, police recovered 328 weapons at public schools. Last year, it was 222 for the same time period.


That’s an increase of 48%, police said.


Last month, Bronx high-schooler Abel Cedeno smuggled a knife into class and fatally stabbed one classmate and wounded another at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in West Farms, according to authorities.


The Sept. 27 bloodshed, at a school that also did not have metal detectors, played out in front of a packed classroom of terrified students.

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Cedeno has been charged with murder and attempted murder.


A school employee found a second knife in the same classroom hours after the fatal stabbing.


In a jailhouse interview Friday, Cedeno said he was being constantly harassed for being bisexual and “just snapped” when he lunged at victims Matthew McCree and Ariane LaBoy, both 16, who had not tormented him before that day.

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Oct 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: McDonald’s manager arrested for selling drugs with fast food


Want fries with that coke?


The night shift manager at a Bronx McDonald’s has been busted for serving up cocaine with fast food, prosecutors said Wednesday


Frank Guerrero, 26, worked at the 24-hour McDonald’s on Bruckner Blvd. by Morrison Ave. in Soundview for eight years. During that time, he often unlocked the doors to sell drugs in the middle of the night, prosecutors said.


Cops and federal authorities got a tip about the scheme and ordered up eight super-sized drug buys “in increasingly larger quantities,” before arresting him Wednesday morning.

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Guerrero stashed the cocaine on a soap dispenser in the restaurant’s bathroom before his shift started, and peddled cocaine and crack with the burgers he sold, authorities said.


Twice, he sold the drugs to an undercover officer at the counter, shoving the contraband in a cookie bag, which he stuffed alongside two cheeseburgers, a soda and fries, prosecutors said.


He made the deal under the noses of the other employees at the burger joint, prosecutors said.


“Guerrero’s conduct was so blatant, it would be comical if he weren’t committing a serious narcotics crime,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. “Ordering coke took on an entirely different meaning on the night shift at this McDonald’s.”

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Guerrero sold the undercover cop nearly ,900 in drugs.


When police raided his Throgs Neck home, they found 200 grams of cocaine and ,300 in cash, prosecutors said.


He hid the drug money in a dresser inside his 2-year-old son’s playroom. The child was there when Guerrero and his girlfriend, Leidy Cabral Castillo, 24, were arrested.

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Oct 4, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Lawyer likens client who killed pregnant pal to bullied stabber


A lawyer for a woman accused of killing her childhood friend and slicing the woman’s baby from her womb compared her to a bullied boy who stabbed a classmate to death last week in a Bronx school.


Attorney Amy Attias argued victim Angelikque Sutton’s harsh words toward defendant Ashleigh Wade during their fateful November 2015 visit made an emotionally unstable Wade react so severely that she killed her.


“Words can be weapons,” Attias told jurors during the closing arguments of Wade’s murder trial. “We know that from what happened in the Bronx just a few days ago.”


Attias was referring to the case of Abel Cedeno, 18, who is accused of murder in the Sept. 27 stabbing of classmate Matthew McCree, 15, at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation in West Farms.

Woman says she thought baby she cut out of slain friend was hers


Attias began her closing arguments by explaining to the jury why Wade should be convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter instead of murder.


“Ashleigh killed Angelikque. It was an intentional murder. She stabbed her until she killed her. That is intent of murder. Check, Guilty,” Attias admitted. “Once you have found that, you have to look at did this happen under extreme emotional disturbance, thereby making it manslaughter?”


Just the fact that Wade, 23, stabbed Sutton more than 50 times was evidence that she was emotionally disturbed, Attias said.


A day earlier, Wade testified that she cut the baby out of Sutton’s stomach because she “thought that girl was mine.”

Bronx school stabber says he didn’t mean to kill his bully


Wade is accused of faking a pregnancy for months before Sutton was killed.


Prosecutors said Wade and Sutton, 22, reconnected through Facebook, but when Sutton went to visit Wade at her Monticello Ave. apartment, she was greeted with a knife and death.


The baby survived and is now 22 months old. Relatives named her Jenasis. 

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Oct 4, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Perv who took under-the-skirt video had schoolgirl pics on phone


The city teacher’s aide arrested for sneaking a cell phone under a Bronx teenager’s skirt on a subway train and recording her privates is an avid photographer — an estimated 500 images of schoolgirls have been found on his iPhone, a police source said Wednesday.


The case against Michael Olan was developing Wednesday, with authorities poised to search his Mount Vernon home and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office considering prosecuting the case in federal court, the source said.


Olan, 29, was busted around 4:50 p.m. Monday as the northbound No. 2 train rolled into the Pelham Parkway station, police said.


Officers Britney John and Michael Daly saw Olan kneeling in front of the unwitting 16-year-old victim and pointing his cell phone underneath her skirt, police said.

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He told the officers he recorded the teen “under her skirt because I was curious to see what kind of underwear she was wearing,” according to court papers.


Olan was charged with unlawful surveillance and endangering the welfare of a child, then released on bail.


Cops are trying to identify the girls in the other photos, as well as some videos, but it appears at least some were taken in a school building. Olan had been assigned to Public School 72 in East Harlem.


“They appear to be mostly of school-age children, with the photos clandestine in nature,” the source said. “They appear to be unaware the pics were being taken. They were not posing.

Kindergarten teacher accused of slapping 5-year-old student


“Many were lewd and lascivious, underwear shots, upskirts,” the source said.


Olan, who couldn’t be reached for comment, has three transit summonses but no previous arrests, the source said.

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Oct 4, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Robbers bust into woman’s home, hold health aide captive by hair


Three armed crooks forced their way into a 96-year-old woman’s Bronx apartment — and held the victim’s home health aide captive by her hair, police said Wednesday.


The men rapped on the door of the apartment on Spofford Ave. near Tiffany St. in Hunts Point around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23rd, cops said.


When the 21-year-old health aide opened the door, the gun-wielding burglars busted in and grabbed her by the hair, cops said.


One of the brutes held onto the aide’s hair as the other two rifled through the apartment before leaving empty handed, authorities said.


The home attendant and the elderly woman in her care were unharmed.


Police on Wednesday released surveillance footage of the crooks walking out of the lobby of the building.


The three men are described as black and between 30 and 45. One of them wore a black baseball cap, white T-shirt, black long sleeve shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. The second suspect wore a black baseball cap, gray shirt, blue jeans and dark colored shoes. The final suspect wore a black baseball cap, black T-shirt, red shorts and white sneakers.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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Oct 4, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Two workers injured after falling from scaffolding in Bronx


Two workers at a Bronx construction site were seriously injured Tuesday when they plummeted down 20 feet through shoddy scaffolding, authorities said.


The two men were working on a 12-story apartment building on Third Ave. near E. 167th St. in Morrisania when they fell at about 1:30 p.m.


Both men suffered head and neck injuries, and one was in critical condition, an FDNY spokesman said.


Mohamed Sinera, 28, who works on the site, said he saw the two men on the ground, one of them bleeding from the head.

Man who took fatal fall told family NYC needs better safety rules


“They fell through the opening in the scaffolding,” Sinera said.


The men worked for Ideal Masonry, and were installing stone slabs on the building’s facade.


Three wooden planks were missing from the scaffolding, and they fell through the gap, according to witnesses and the site’s safety coordinator.


The Buildings Department issued a partial stop work order, after an inspection revealed the scaffolding lacked end railings, was “not fully planked” and workers couldn’t produce scaffolding training cards.


Ideal Masonry owner Pajazit Vrlaku told the Daily News that his 56-year-old brother, Rakip, and another co-worker, were injured.


“All three boards, they came down at the same time,” he said. Rakip is expected to survive but remains in the hospital, while the other man was released on crutches, he said.


When asked who built the scaffolding, he said, “My workers but they’re all qualified.”


Altin Shafferi, a safety coordinator for the general contractor, the Great Neck-based Real Builders, confirmed as much, telling the Daily News, “The guys built that themselves… It’s safe. I was up there myself.”


Attempts to reach Real Builders for further comment were unsuccessful Tuesday.


Hours after the accident, a city Buildings Department inspector asked the coordinator, “How do you let guys walk on this? How do you keep guys from falling through the gap? This is not up to code.”


The inspector then opined, loudly, “It’s set up weird. I don’t know where they found this scaffolding.”


In May, the city slapped Real Builders with a violation for failing to cover up holes on floors eight through 12. That violation is still pending.

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Oct 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx school stabber plays hooky from scheduled court appearance


A Bronx high schooler accused of stabbing two younger teens during a classroom brawl — killing one — skipped a court appearance Tuesday, opting not to face a courtroom packed with furious relatives of the victims.


Abel Cedeno remained in an upstairs holding cell at Bronx Criminal Court while his attorney, Deborah Rush, waived his appearance during a brief court hearing.


The bisexual teen faces a murder charge in the death of Matthew McCree, 15, after the teen threw broken pencil shards and wadded paper at him during a history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation on Sept. 27.


On Tuesday, several members of Matthew’s family, all wearing shirts emblazoned with photographs of the slain teen, sat in the gallery awaiting Cedeno’s first court appearance since he was ordered held without bail last week.

Family to sue over student who was stabbed by bullied classmate


So many people showed up that onlookers under 18 were ordered to leave the courtroom.


About a half-dozen court officers watched over the group, which quietly voiced disapproval when Cedeno failed to show.


“I will be waiving my client’s appearance,” Rush told Bronx Criminal Court Judge Julio Rodriguez.


Matthew’s relatives, especially his mom, Louna Dennis, will be back, family attorney Sanford Rubenstein said.

Bronx stabbing victim awoke from coma, learns best friend is dead


“(Louna) will be back every time this case is called in court,” he said. “He cannot hide forever.”


Cedeno is also accused of attacking Matthew’s best friend, 16-year-old Ariane LaBoy, stabbing him in the chest when he came to Matthew’s defense. He faces attempted murder charges in the attack on Ariane.


The bloodshed played out in front of a classroom full of students. The airborne assault last week was the first time the two boys had bothered Cedeno, who ordered the switchblade online two weeks earlier.


Ariane was in a coma for two days following the attack and is now on the mend.

Knife found in Bronx classroom where teen stabbed classmate


Both families plan to sue the city for not putting in metal detectors and taking other measures to better protect students, including Cedeno, who was a victim of bullying, Rubenstein said.


“The mayor had a press conference trying to tell the public everything is OK,” Rubenstein said. “Well everything is not OK and the fact that I have a mother standing with me right here who lost her son to violence in the schools demonstrates that.”


In a jailhouse interview Friday, Cedeno said he was being constantly harassed for being bisexual and “just snapped” when he lunged at Matthew and Ariane, who had not tormented him before that day.


“I didn’t mean to kill him. I wanted to scare him,” Cedeno said about killing Matthew. 

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