On Friday, reporters in New York captured footage of a 22-year-old Bensonhurst woman accused of murder as she exited an NYPD stationhouse, New York Post reports.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Nikki Secondino, 22, (pictured right) has been charged with the attempted murder of her 19-year-old sister (pictured left), in addition to the murder of her father, 61-year-old Carlo Secondino (pictured center).
Police were initially investigating the slaying as a home invasion robbery after Nikki Secondino ran to a neighbor’s for help just before 6 a.m., saying two masked men had forced their way in and demanded cash, WCBS reported.
The sister was critically injured, police said, and Nikki Secondino reportedly suffered slash wounds to her hands.
The neighbor, who identified herself as Susie Lew, said she saw the aftermath of the attack, including Carlo lying on his kitchen floor, unresponsive and bloodied.
“I was woken up. It sounded like body wrestling going on inside the house, like two people fighting,” Lew told the Post.
“Her bloody fingerprints are all over my door from when she was banging on the door, hoping I would open it. And then when she stopped the banging and I didn’t hear any more movement in the hallway, I slowly opened my door and heard the father yell my name out, ‘Susie, call the cops!’”
“He was lying on the kitchen floor, blood all over his chest, completely all saturated and red. He was just laying there not moving.”
Lew added that she saw Nikki making a phone call in the hallway afterward, who reportedly claimed the family had been robbed.
Neighbors said the family frequently argued, and the New York Post reported that police had been called to the home several times on domestic violence reports, including one call on July 15 in which the dad was accused of threatening to kill the younger woman and another on September 19 when he allegedly slapped the older woman.
Yadira Gomez, co-owner of Mike’s Diner where Carlo Secondino worked as a deliveryman, said that “there was always fights” at the Secondino home,” but “Everybody loved that guy here.”
“These girls were abandoned by their mom when they were little, so he was the only one there as a mother figure and father figure,” Gomez said. “ … It’s a big loss for everybody. He would work. He never said no to nothing, helped everybody.”
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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