An off-duty NYPD officer with the department's transit bureau was found stabbed to death inside a Bronx apartment early Monday, and her husband has surrendered in connection with her killing, two senior police officials say.
The off-duty officer was found in the Concourse section overnight, around 3 a.m., after police responded to a 911 call of a stabbing. The two senior police officials say the 31-year-old woman managed to call a relative, who was the one to make the 911 call to the Grand Concourse apartment.
It was too late. The victim, identified as Arianna Reyes-Gomez, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders. They say she had multiple stab wounds.
The NYC PBA released a statement saying it was "horrified and heartbroken by the death of our NYPD Transit sister in the Bronx this morning."
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"We will remain with her family and her colleagues in support and prayer," the union statement continued, and pledged, "We will see that justice is done in her name."
The NYPD said in a statement that "our hearts are heavy as we investigate the tragic murder" of Reyes-Gomez, adding that "we're here for her loved ones, her fellow cops — and to ensure the person responsible is brought to justice."
Neighbors who live on the first floor of the building said Reyes-Gomez had only lived there about a year, and never heard anything come from the apartment before. Neighbors said that they had seen Reyes-Gomez entering and exiting the building a few times in the past, and she had always been friendly.
Officials said 34-year-old Argenis Baez — a man the two senior NYPD officials identify as the Reyes-Gomez's husband — surrendered at a neighboring precinct later Monday.
They say he has no previous criminal history and a possible motive isn't yet clear. The two officials did say it happened during some sort of argument.
The couple shares a child who is currently out of the state with relatives, the two officials said. Baez faces murder, manslaughter and weapon possession charges.
An investigation is ongoing.