New York Daily News: BRONX – The estranged husband charged with murdering his NYPD officer wife tried to blame his spouse’s fellow transit cop in a bizarre statement to detectives, prosecutors revealed Tuesday.
Argenis de Jesus Baez Pizano — accused of repeatedly stabbing Officer Arianna Reyes-Gomez, 31, in her home on Grand Concourse early Monday — claimed her fellow Transit District 32 officer told him to commit the bloody crime.
Pizano’s brother and defense lawyer suggested to reporters he was set off by an alleged extramarital affair.
“If you find [the officer, the officer] is the one who told me to do this. He’s the one who told me to kill her,” Pizano told investigators, Assistant District Attorney David Birnbaum said at Pizano’s arraignment in Bronx Criminal Court Tuesday afternoon.
Reyes-Gomez’s fellow transit officers packed the courtroom and spilled into the hallway to watch the proceedings. Pizano is charged with murder, manslaughter and weapons possession.
“She was a wonderful person,” one officer attending the proceedings said. “A lot of people are suffering. This should never have happened.”
Surveillance video shows Pizano, 34, confronting Reyes-Gomez in her doorway, and struggling with her as he pushes his way inside, Birnbaum said.
He stabbed her eight times in the breasts, leg, chest and back, and video shows him leaving her home two minutes later, carrying a knife, Birnbaum said. He then confessed to an aunt, who had her son call 911, Birnbaum said.
In another statement to cops, he said, “I can’t believe I did that,” Birnbaum said.
“And that was preserved on video,” the prosecutor added.
Pizano and Reyes-Gomez have a son together who turns 4 in August, her family told the Daily News Monday. The couple were still married but had lived apart for eight months, the slain officer’s sister said.
Outside the courtroom, Pizano’s brother, who spoke in Spanish through a translator but didn’t give his name, alleged the victim was having an affair.
“She had a relationship with her partner on patrol,” he alleged. “That was part of the trigger. The officer was with her before in the apartment.”
Pizano’s defense lawyer, John Russo, said he’d be looking into that claim.
“There is some rumor she was having an affair with her partner,” he charged, without elaborating. “We are going to get to the bottom of it.”
Judge Wanda Licitra ordered Pizano held without bail. At his defense attorney’s request, the judge also ordered that he get medical attention for a heart condition, and be placed in protective custody.
Top Feature Photo: Argenis Pizano is walked from the NYPD 44th Precinct station house in the Bronx on Monday after being charged with the murder of NYPD officer Arianna Reyes-Gomez – Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News