A New York man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife at the nail salon where she worked reportedly stayed at the scene to lie on top of her lifeless body.
The New York Daily News reported that the 39-year-old suspect entered Tu S’tilo Salon in Queens at around 7 p.m. on Wednesday and stabbed Iris Rodriguez, 35, several times in the chest. Police said the violent attack occurred in front of Rodriguez’s co-workers.
WNBC reported that horrified bystanders recorded part of Wednesday’s attack with their phones. The Daily News obtained raw cell phone footage taken at the scene, and WPIX obtained a video showing police storming the salon as the suspect reportedly lies on top of his mortally wounded wife, embracing her as she bled out.
In the video, a woman off-screen be heard screaming, “Everyone can see!” Moments later, police storm the salon and drag the suspect off Rodriguez. An officer is then overheard telling those who witnessed the stabbing to stay at the scene.
Rodriguez was pronounced dead at the hospital. Salon employees told WABC that she had worked there for four years.
Rodriguez and the suspect reportedly split up in January after four years of marriage. Rodriguez’s friend told the Daily News that her estranged husband kept calling her after they separated and grew jealous when she started talking to other men.
The suspect was also injured during Wednesday’s deadly stabbing and remains hospitalized as of Thursday morning, the New York Post reported, citing police.
Law enforcement sources told the news outlet that there were no reported domestic violence incidents involving the couple.
Police have not yet released the suspect’s identity. Criminal charges are pending as authorities continue their investigation.
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[Featured image: Iris Rodriguez/Facebook]