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Sep 28, 2017

BRONX NEWS: De Blasio’s policies in question after Bronx school stabbing

An election-year school killing. There won’t be a moment of silence.

Wednesday’s tragic stabbing at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Management will get immediate attention from Mayor de Blasio and his critics.

De Blasio will call for a full investigation, demanding time for police and education officials to get the facts. Who is the killer and was his relationship to the victims? Was bullying involved and, if so, who was bullied and who was the bully? Were prior disciplinary actions warranted and taken? Did the school or its private network, the Urban Assembly, see this coming? And if not, why not?!

Legitimate, edgier questions will be raised by others. Is the Education Department’s new policy of Restorative Justice, seeking to avoid suspensions and other punitive measures, too soft to address violence-prone students? Would metal detectors have prevented the incident? Is the NYPD-run school security system at fault?

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Other good questions to ask de Blasio and the educators in charge: Were other students in the building, including kids as young as 6, vulnerable to the attack? Should the school, with known instructional and safety issues, be closed?

All these questions deserve clear answers. It is too soon to draw any direct connection between Wednesday’s attack and mayoral policies. Some critics will draw unfair conclusions based on this single, thankfully rare, incident. But the public, particularly parents, deserve an objective accounting for what clearly went terribly wrong on a hot September morning in the Bronx. These things don’t just happen and the mayor has too often postponed other pressing matters, wrapping procrastination in self-righteousness.

And that’s what makes de Blasio vulnerable. His leadership, his management, his policies are now more open to question than ever. There won’t be, there shouldn’t be, a moment of silence. Not at City Hall. Candid explanations are needed, and long before Election Day.

Bloomfield is an education professor at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

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Sep 27, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Bronx carjacker robs 5 cabbies with knife, gun — stealing 4 cars

A serial carjacker brandishing a knife and gun robbed five cab drivers — including a 90-year-old man — during a week-long crime spree in the Bronx, police said Wednesday.

The string of robberies began when the crook flagged down a red Honda CR-V livery car at a red light near 169th St. and Third Ave. in Morrisania around 8:50 p.m. on Sept. 18, according to authorities.

He pulled a gun on the driver and drove off with the vehicle, cops said.

Two days later, the thief hailed a 2004 Lincoln Town Car near Fordham Road and Webster Ave. in Fordham Heights around 3 p.m.

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He flashed a knife fifteen minutes into the ride, forcing his 90-year-old driver to pull over before driving off with the elderly man’s cab near Boston Road and Secor Ave. in Eastchester.

The carjacker struck again the following day when he was picked up by a gold 2008 Lincoln Town Car at the corner of Fordham Road and Webster Ave. around 6:45 p.m.

Shocking video released by cops Wednesday shows the carjacker lunge from the backseat and thrust a large black knife toward the 66-year-old driver as he is driven to E. 241st St. and Bullard Ave. in Wakefield.

The brute held the blade to the victim’s throat and prodded an unknown object against his rib cage, forcing the driver out of the vehicle before driving off with his car, according to police.

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He resumed his relentless rash of robberies about six hours later, hopping into a black Toyota Camry livery car at the corner of E. Gunhill Road and Decatur Ave. in Norwood around 1:30 a.m. Sept. 22, authorities said.

The thief brandished a knife and drove off with the Camry after forcing the 50-year-old driver to flee his cab, cops said.

Three days later, the carjacker was picked up by a 2005 Dodge livery cab near Broadway and W. 242 St. in Kingsbridge around 1:15 a.m., according to police.

He pulled a gun on the 52-year-old driver and demanded to be driven to Yonkers, cops said. Along the way, the crook demanded the cabbie pull over, then put the victim in a chokehold while holding a gun to his body, police said.

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The victim fought back and the robber ran off.

The suspect is described as about 5-foot-6, 180 to 200 pounds, with a full beard and medium to dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a gray long-sleeved sweatshirt and black Yankees baseball hat.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Sep 27, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Student stabbed to death with switchblade at Bronx school

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Sep 27, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Hundreds of firefighters battling blaze in Bronx building

Nearly 200 firefighters were battling a five-alarm fire raging in a six-story building in the Bronx early Wednesday.

The blaze at 1920 Walton Ave. near E. 177th St. in the Mt. Hope section broke out around 6:28 a.m. and was still burning just before 9 a.m., officials said.

Hundreds of residents — many still in robes and pajamas or draped in blankets and towels — who evacuated the building gathered throughout the Mt. Hope Playground and basketball courts.

Carmen Alvarez, 27, who lives on the sixth floor with her 8-year-old daughter, woke to smoke billowing into her bedroom and immediately leapt into action.

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“There was smoke coming through the walls and no alarm going off,” she said. “I ran down the hall and started waking up my neighbors on the fifth and sixth floor.

“My daughter was coughing and crying. I was really scared.”

Some covered their mouths as plumes of smoke poured into the street. Others held small dogs and cats frightened from the morning’s chaos.

“I woke up around 6 and couldn’t breathe,” said a neighbor on the sixth floor who declined to give their name. “Twenty minutes later, the middle of the building caught on fire. The fire was coming from the roof. I looked up and there was a black hole in the ceiling.”

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“I woke up at 4:45 and could smell smoke,” said Jessica Mercedes, 33, who lives on the sixth floor with her 12- and 13-year-old sons.

“We checked all the windows and the wires and didn’t see anything strange but then at 6:20 my youngest son ran in and said there was smoke coming into his room.”

Mercedes opened her front door to find neighbors beginning to evacuate.

“I saw my neighbors running out so I called 911, grabbed my sons and left,” she said.

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In all, 198 firefighters from 44 units responded to the fire, which continued to rage through the ceilings and inner walls.

The blaze had spread into the cockloft — the space between the uppermost rafters and the roof.

FDNY officials said three firefighters suffered minor injuries.

“The fire spread through the cockloft — the space between the interior ceiling and the exterior roof,” said Jim Long, FDNY Director of Public Information. “That’s what made this a difficult fire to address. It’s concealed and you gotta track it down while it’s running on you and spreading.”

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“We’re gonna be here for a little bit,” Long said.

Although the building was only partially evacuated, Long said residents on the lower floor were safe from the blaze above.

“It’s still an active scene but it’s not going to burn down, it’s only going to spread up,” he said.

Long said it was fortunate more people were not hurt.

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“At this time of the morning it’s somewhat of a miracle there were no real injuries,” he said.

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries and are currently being evaluated.

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Sep 27, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Transit watchdogs urge state, city to fix lousy MTA bus service

As the MTA focuses on fixing the crumbling subway system, a coalition of transit advocates said Tuesday that the plodding bus network needs some road work as well.

To show the transit pros how bad it’s gotten on city streets, the groups collected more than 1,000 stories of bus riders’ missed appointments, angry bosses and unplanned taxi trips.

Members of the Bus Turnaround Coalition, which includes the Straphangers Campaign, published 50 tales of terrible MTA bus trips called “The Woes on the Bus: Frustration and Suffering, All Through the Town.”

The coalition will be delivering copies to the offices of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio, as well as to transit agencies.

The toll late buses take can be measured in dollars and aggravation:

Shannon Reid complained her Gateway Mall job is in jeopardy due to the long wait for a Q8 bus near her Brooklyn home. She relies on cabs to get to work on time — even though she has an unlimited Metrocard.

“It has gotten worse over the years,” Reid said, blasting the route as the “worst bus line.”

“I’ve gotten my final warning, about to get fired, waiting for this bus,” the irate commuter wrote.

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Another woman said been there, done that.

“I lost my last job because my bus always arrived late,” grumbled Sade G., of Queens.

Edith D. of Queens gave herself a two-hour head start for a 9 a.m. job interview — but a late bus thwarted her.

“The bus was so late that it didn’t even arrive until after my interview was supposed to start,” Edith D. wrote.

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Yet another bus foiled the ambitions in an epic, even legendary way, for aspiring musician Faith L. of Brooklyn

“Once I missed an audition to do background vocals for John Legend,” she groused.

And Maria Z. made a fuss that it took her three hours to get from her Greenpoint home to Williamsburg.

Ramona Ferreryra, member of the grassroots transit group, Riders Alliance, said a slow ride on the Bx19 from her South Bronx home to northern Manhattan can make the difference between seeing a doctor or needing to reschedule appointments.

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“I have Medicaid. It’s difficult to get in to see some of the specialists that I see,” Ferreryra, 37, said at Columbus Circle. “It’s super-stressful.”

She complained that her ride on the Bx19 through E. 149th St. in the Bronx is constantly held up in traffic, particularly near Lincoln Hospital.

Unlike the MTA-run subways, both Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio share responsibility for the bus system. Cuomo controls the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and de Blasio’s Department of Transportation controls the streets.

Though transit officials are trying to improve the bus system to stem the loss of riders, performance has yet to improve. In June, nearly a quarter of buses were late to their next pickup, according to the latest MTA stats — a slight decrease from the same month last year.

The advocacy groups said the MTA can allow all-door boarding on local bus routes, while the city can add bus lanes and tweak street signals to let buses zoom through intersections.

The MTA blamed congested streets for holding up buses.

“Better bus service is directly connected to less-congested New York City streets, strong enforcement of bus-only lanes and expediting new technology like traffic signalization prioritization,” said MTA spokeswoman Amanda Kwan.

Traffic has become another fight between Cuomo and de Blasio over the state of transportation in New York.

Cuomo has embraced a traffic-busting plan called congestion pricing that charges drivers to enter Manhattan’s business core. De Blasio has called it a “regressive” tax, instead preferring a tax on high-earning New Yorkers to fund transit.

“Buses are stuck in traffic and there are a couple of ways to solve that problem. One of the ways is more bus lanes,” said Nick Sifuentes, director of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “Reducing traffic on our streets and having congestion pricing in New York … would help in that regard.”

“The most progressive thing we can do,” he added, “is fix transit for the millions of New Yorkers who are on it every single day.”  


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Sep 27, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Woman who killed pregnant pal needed help in surrendering

The ex-boyfriend of a Bronx woman accused of murdering her pregnant pal and carving the baby out of her womb said Tuesday that she frantically called him to confess — and get his help.

Angel Praylow testified in Bronx Supreme Court that then-girlfriend Ashleigh Wade phoned him on Nov. 20, 2015, demanding he come immediately to her apartment.

“She said, ‘I think I killed somebody. I’m scared. I can’t do this by myself,’ ” Praylow recalled. He said during the chaotic phone call, Wade said she had also given birth to their child.

Praylow said he raced to Wade’s home to discover her friend Angelikque Sutton on the ground.

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“I turn to my left and I just see legs on the floor,” he said. “I broke down crying.”

Praylow also saw a newborn girl, wearing mittens and sucking on a pacifier.

He said that he believed the child — later named Jenasis — was his based on what Wade had previously told him. He recalled wrapping the baby in blankets and taking her outside to wait for cops to arrive.

Wade is accused of repeatedly slashing and stabbing Sutton in the neck and then cutting Jenasis out of her womb.

Praylow testified that Wade — his then-girlfriend of six years — was obsessed with having a baby and told him in March 2015 that she was pregnant with their child and due in November of that year.

He said he was looking forward to having the baby.

“I bought some (baby) shoes, tried to work hard,” he recalled. “I was holding her one night and felt something move on my hand on the stomach.”

Praylow testified that Wade had also claimed to be pregnant in 2013, but she told him the newborn died three days after she gave birth in a Brooklyn hospital.

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Sep 26, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Man who fatally stabbed ex-wife had prior arrest for slashing

The enraged man who stabbed his ex-wife to death on a Bronx street corner had been arrested before for slashing a former girlfriend, sources said Tuesday.

Victor Garo, 50, was awaiting arraignment in a Bronx court on murder charges after the deadly street attack on Adalgisa Garo, 44.

The stabbing — which was so violent the blade of the knife snapped off — created a bloody spectacle as dozens of children were headed to nearby Public School 63, cops and witnesses said.

In 1998, cops busted Garo for cutting his then-girlfriend’s abdomen, ear and back, sources said.

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The case was sealed for reasons that are unclear.

Cops had come to their residence one prior time on a report of a domestic incident.

On April 3, 2014, cops were summoned after Victor Garo called his wife a “lesbian.” She accused him of calling her names in front of their children, and told police she didn’t want him in the house.

By the time police arrived, he was gone. The case was referred to Family Court for an order of protection, but it was unclear whether she actually obtained one at the time.

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Lidia De La Cruz, 50, the victim’s aunt, said her niece lived in fear of her ex and had a restraining order against him.

Adalgisa Garo and her ex were arguing as they left a building at Home St. and Jackson Ave. in Morrisania about 8 a.m. He chased her and then pulled out two knives and repeatedly plunged at least one of them into her chest.

Witnesses screamed, “He has a knife!” and “Stop stabbing her!”

He drove off in a black four-door sedan.

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Medics rushed her to Lincoln Hospital, where she died at 8:57 a.m.

Someone called police at about 6:15 p.m. and said Victor Garo was at Garrison Ave. and Barretto St., sources said. Cops rushed there and arrested him.

He admitted to a role in the murder, sources said.

He has been charged with murder, manslaughter and illegal weapons possession.

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Sep 26, 2017

BRONX NEWS: City to overhaul 11 more parks in program as cost grows to $318M

Eleven more parks will be fixed up under a city program — and the initiative’s cost has jumped by million.

It will now cost 8 million to rehab 67 neighborhood parks under the Community Parks Initiative, up from 5 million originally projected.

The last 11 sites in the push targeting neglected parks were named Monday — Bill Bojangles Playground, Harlem Lane Playground, Joseph C. Sauer Park and Playground One in Manhattan; Prospect Playground and Mapes Ballfield in the Bronx; Bartlett Playground, Lewis Playground, and Penn Triangle in Brooklyn; Chappetto Square in Queens; and Mariners Harbor Playground on Staten Island.

“As we have proceeded with it, costs have gone up. Obviously it’s a meaningful amount of money, but we think it’s a fair amount for what we’re achieving,” Mayor de Blasio said Monday at Joseph C. Sauer Park in the East Village.

So far, five parks have been completed under the initiative, with another 12 set to be done by the end of this year.

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Sep 26, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Video shows Bronx man falls into coma after hours of neglect

On a sultry July night in 2014, an ambulance crew brought Angel Rivera to Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx after the handyman got punched in the head.

Rivera slipped into a coma and wound up dead due to negligence, a lawsuit charges.

Startling hospital security video obtained by the Daily News shows Lincoln’s emergency room staff left Rivera unattended for nine hours, failing to monitor his condition until a nurse noticed him slumped unconscious and bleeding from the mouth in a hallway chair.

Bleeding of the brain had plunged the 53-year-old Rivera into a coma. He would remain comatose for two years before dying of a heart attack.

The video and records obtained by The News indicate that hospital staff lost track of Rivera. At one point, the staff even noted in a hospital document that Rivera had left the emergency room against medical advice. But the video clearly shows Rivera was there the entire time, crucial hours during which, medical experts say, he should have been constantly monitored for signs of the hemorrhaging that took his life.

A doctor at Lincoln admitted to Rivera’s family that there was a delay in care and that he might have been saved if he had been treated quickly. And a doctor hired by the family concluded Rivera would have lived and been fine if Lincoln had caught his deteriorating condition within the first two hours.

“A hospital can’t lose their patient who’s literally right in front of them,” said the Rivera family’s lawyer Mark Bodner. “How does that happen in the absence of some basic flaw in the way that (the emergency department) is run? That is a basic problem for any patient that comes into that hospital.”

The tragic death of Rivera is alarmingly similar to the 2008 fate of 49-year-old Esmin Green at another city-run facility, Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

Green checked into the psychiatric emergency department at Kings County and spent the night waiting to be placed in the hospital’s psychiatric unit. In the morning, she walked into a side waiting room, where she collapsed.

Kings County staff wrote in logs that they had checked on Green and she was fine, but video showed she had fallen to the floor and 57 minutes passed before staff came to her aid. She died that morning.

In Rivera’s case, records and video portray a disturbing scenario that began on July 19, 2014.

That afternoon, Rivera was drinking and playing dominoes with a friend, Luis Medina, at an apartment on E. 167th St. The two got into an argument, and Medina slugged his pal. It’s not clear if Rivera fell and hit his head, but the injury hurt enough that Rivera called for an ambulance and was taken to Lincoln.

About 8:35 p.m., staff took his vitals and gave him a white ID wristband and an ice pack. The triage nurse noted his injury as “punched in the head” and his pain score as “moderate.” He did not complain of dizziness, but his head was still hurting.

Lincoln staff told him he had to stay for observation. On video, he’s spotted sitting in the pediatric waiting room. At 9:44 p.m., he gets up and walks toward the nurses’ station. At 9:54 p.m., he enters the adult waiting room dubbed Area A. In hospital records, staff noted Rivera “was placed in hallway J in A area at 2154 (9:54 p.m.)”

Rivera appeared alert and ambulatory as he entered Area A and headed toward a seat midway down the hall.

More than 2 1/2 hours passed. About 12:30 a.m., an unnamed physician started looking for Rivera, the records show.

“Multiple attempts were made to call patient in A area without answer,” the records claim. Records also claim that “nursing staff walked around A area in attempt to locate patient without success.”

Also at half-past midnight, Lincoln staff decided Rivera had left the building. They wrote in records Rivera had “voluntarily left the ED (emergency department).”

The video, however, makes clear Rivera never left his seat in the hallway. How the nurses and doctors missed him — if they in fact looked for him — remains a mystery.

At 7:21 a.m. the next morning, the records show, nurses doing rounds suddenly reported that they had “found” Rivera after he had “com(e) back to the ER.”

He was in the same seat all night.

The hospital staff notes state Rivera was “found to be unresponsive” and bleeding from the mouth. In the video, Rivera can be seen lying immobilized on a stretcher as staff wheeled him out of Area A.

At 10:41 a.m., records show, he underwent surgery, but it was too late.

Dr. Paul Grewal, medical director of surgical critical care at South Nassau Communities Hospital, said ERs typically make sure that patients with head injuries are observed for a significant amount of time to monitor for possible deterioration.

Depending on the injury, Grewal said, doctors often order brain scans as a precaution “and a deeper medical evaluation depending on the setting of injury.” If the patient is sent home, he said, “follow-up should always be completed with a medical provider for follow-up for evaluation of potential for concussion because symptoms may not be present at the time of initial evaluation.”

A physician hired by Rivera’s family, Dr. Murthy Vishnubhakat, estimates that Rivera “began to deteriorate neurologically between 10 and 11:30 p.m.” that night — during the time he sat unattended in hallway J and before the doctor claimed he tried to page him.

Vishnubhakat decreed “with a reasonable degree of medical certainty” that if surgery had been performed “by midnight on July 19, 2014, (Rivera) would have been successfully treated without any residual neurological injury and he would not have died from cardiopulmonary failure on Aug. 17, 2016.”

Rivera’s son Angel Rivera Jr. learned his father was in the hospital from his sister and immediately flew to New York from Miami. He was shocked when he walked into the room where his father lay, intubated and unable to speak.

“It was tough. I didn’t know what to think,” he recalled. “He’s always been so active. To see him just lay there not being able to communicate, it was difficult.”

Two weeks later, on Aug. 3, 2014, Dr. Jay Yelon, the supervising physician overseeing the case, sought a meeting with Rivera Jr.

In that meeting, according to records, Yelon said that Rivera “has a severe traumatic brain injury and the likelihood of neurologic recovery was poor.”

“He gave me an update which was pretty vague,” Rivera Jr. told The News. “They weren’t sure exactly what was going on with him with his injury. He said there had been a delay (in care) and that they were going to look at the tapes. He assured me that he would keep me posted on what happened.”

Rivera Jr.’s recollection is backed up by hospital records in which Yelon states that he told Rivera’s son “there was a delay in his father’s care — although I was not sure of all the details because we are in an investigative phase of our review.”

Yelon assured the son he would “keep him informed of our findings throughout our process,” the records state, and Rivera Jr. asked, “If there was not a delay, would it have changed the outcome?”

Yelon responded, “My answer was that it might have, but I would need more details about the delay.”

That, Rivera Jr. says, was the last he heard from Yelon or anyone else at the Health & Hospitals Corp., the overseer of city hospitals. He never learned if there was an investigation and, if there was, what HHC discovered.

His father lingered in a coma for months before dying. Rivera Jr. filed a negligence lawsuit against HHC. That case, which seeks unspecified damages, is pending.

Last week, Rivera Jr. recalled that his father was “very fit, very healthy, very active” before entering Lincoln. He last spoke with him in the spring of 2014 around Easter when his father called and he put his two daughters on the phone.

A short while later, his father wrote him a letter and drew a picture of the Easter bunny for his granddaughters.

“That was our last communication,” Rivera Jr. said.

City hospitals spokesman Robert de Luna declined last week to answer The News’ questions about the incident, citing rules barring hospitals from discussing patient information.

“While patient confidentiality laws preclude our commenting on the specifics of this case, we nevertheless extend our heartfelt sympathies to the family members of Mr. Rivera,” de Luna wrote in an email.

The hospital turned over records to Bodner, the family’s attorney, claiming Rivera left the ER against medical advice. Bodner then demanded all video in Lincoln’s emergency ward during the time Rivera was present.

The video arrived in May 2016 and contradicted Lincoln Hospital’s version of events.

“Before I knew there was a video, I questioned that. I said, ‘Why would my father leave?’ It made no sense,” Rivera Jr. said.

“This is an emotional roller coaster. Here I am thinking that he left the hospital. And to find out that he never left and someone just wrote it somewhere — that’s troubling to me. That’s a lie.”

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Sep 26, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Woman who killed pregnant friend plotted slay so baby would live

A Bronx woman who stabbed her pregnant friend to death planned the gruesome attack to ensure the baby would survive, prosecutors said Monday.

Opening statements in the murder trial of Ashleigh Wade featured disturbing details of how the twisted 23-year-old carefully cut her childhood friend, Angelikque Sutton.

Wade’s attorney, Amy Attias, did not deny her client was a killer – but argued she was insane.

The Nov. 20, 2015, killing was carried out in two stages, District Attorney Meredith Holtzman told a jury.

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“The defendant attacked Ms. Sutton by stabbing and slashing her repeatedly in the face and neck,” Holtzman said.

“All of those injuries in the first attack took place from the neck up. The defendant took great care to avoid injuring Ms. Sutton’s abdomen,” she said.

Sutton’s larynx was sliced, so she was unable to scream for help.

“What the defendant did to her next is almost unspeakable,” Holtzman said.

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“The defendant took a kitchen paring knife and sliced Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open. Once she had Ms. Sutton’s abdomen open, she cut Ms. Sutton’s uterus entirely out. She cut that uterus open, took baby Jenasis out, and discarded that uterus on the bathroom floor.”

Police arrived at the crime scene in Wakefield roughly 30 minutes after the killing. But before cops showed, surveillance video captured Wade’s boyfriend holding the child, thinking it was his.

Wade allegedly admitted to police she’d killed Sutton, 22, but insisted the baby was hers. Cops found the newborn wrapped in a coat on top of a parked car near Wade’s Monticello Ave. home.

“She told the police – she told anyone who would listen – the child was hers,” Holtzman said.

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The child, Jenasis, lived.

“She survived and she thrived,” Holtzman said. “The survival of Jenasis is the proof of the calculation and precision of the attack. The defendant needed Ms. Sutton to die, she needed Jenasis to live.”

Prior to the killing, Wade had tricked friends and family into believing she was pregnant. She spread the rumor through word of mouth and Facebook posts. She even kept formula, diapers, and baby shoes at home, Holtzman said.

“Except for a baby — she didn’t have a baby. For that, she needed Angelikque Sutton,” she said.

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The murder occurred the day Sutton was to get married at a Bronx courthouse. Sutton had thought she was picking up a gift at Wade’s home.

“This wasn’t crazy – this was murder,” Holtzman said.

Attias did not deny the horrendous facts of the case, but emphasized the lack of logic in Wade’s plot.

“Something could have gone horribly and tragically wrong in Wade’s own mind,” Attias said.

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“If this was her plan, it was a pretty bad plan…there’s no plane tickets, there’s no train tickets. There is no escape that you’ll see evidence of.”

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Sep 25, 2017

BRONX NEWS: Trial set for Bronx prankster who unleashed crickets on subway

A Bronx woman who caused chaos by hurling hundreds of crickets in a crowded subway car will go on trial this fall for her crazy stunt.

Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Christopher Robles on Monday set a trial date for Nov. 14 for Zaida Pugh, 22, who faces misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment, obstruction, false reporting an incident and disorderly conduct.

Pugh covered her face in court with a black and white marble notebook to avoid being photographed. She declined to comment and ran away from reporters.

Pugh was busted in August 2016 for pretending to be a homeless woman selling 300 crickets and 300 worms on a Brooklyn-bound D train. She then opened the jar, sending the critters scurrying.

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A panicked straphanger pulled the emergency brake, trapping the train on the Manhattan Bridge.

Pugh, 22, and two other cohorts conspired for the cellphone-recorded mayhem.

Pugh is seen in the video pretending to vomit and urinate as a way to bring attention to homelessness and mental illness.

If convicted, the stunt could land her on Rikers Island for up to a year.

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Charges were dismissed against one of her cohorts while the other pleaded guilty to his role in the prank.

Pugh, who was known for posting her wild videos on the now-defunct YouTube channel “MsmuffinPranks,” once acted as a pregnant girl giving birth on the Coney Island boardwalk as a result of an abusive boyfriend.


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Sep 25, 2017

BRONX NEWS: No charge for Bronx man who choked mother’s ex-boyfriend to death

A Bronx grand jury has declined to indict a high school football player who came to his mom’s defense and choked her abusive boyfriend to death in August, officials said Monday.

Luis Moux, 18, told police he held Stanley Washington, 43, in the chokehold for two minutes until he “fell asleep” after awakening to find him beating his mom on Aug. 14.

More than 20 people, including teammates at the Grand Street Campus, his principal and his coach, showed up at his arraignment in support, and an online petition calling for the dismissal of charges garnered more than 23,000 signatures.

Moux appeared in court Monday to learn that the grand jury had declined to indict him.

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