The NYPD showed up to a Harlem nursing scholar’s apartment lower than an hour before she was allegedly stabbed to death by her abusive ex-boyfriend as a result of he was attempting to break in — however as a substitute of constructing an effort to discover him or defend her in anyway, they merely took a report and left, in accordance to police, sources and her household.
Officers from Manhattan’s twenty fifth Precinct — the place Alayna Hardy, 27, had filed six earlier home violence stories towards Fernando Munera — have been quickly known as again to the apartment Wednesday night time, however it was too late.
Munera had successfully broken in through the fire escape after police left and stabbed her a number of instances till she died.
“They should’ve put a plain clothes police officer out there or something,” Hardy’s uncle Jared Hardy informed The Post by telephone.
“There’s so much politicization of violence now, all these people trying to release violent criminals, they’re trying to destroy justice for victims and they want to victimize people and they’re doing a good job with all their policies.”
Dorchen Leidholdt, a home violence professional and the director of Sanctuary for Families authorized heart whose been working with gender primarily based violence survivors for practically 50 years, mentioned it’s “inexplicable” that the police “simply left.”
“The police should’ve been there, they should’ve looked for him and they should’ve assessed the danger and understood… that this victim was at a great risk of danger and they should’ve stayed on the scene for at least for an hour,” Leidholdt mentioned.
“That’s an inadequate response… this had risk of lethality written all over it. It’s heartbreaking.”
The NYPD didn’t return a request for remark concerning the criticism.
Munera’s abusive tendencies have been apparent to anybody who knew the couple nicely — a neighbor who frolicked with the pair informed The Post he was identified to be “controlling” and was not too long ago abusing prescription remedy and mixing them with alcohol.
Madison Elder, Hardy’s cousin who mentioned she was “best friends” with her their whole lives, informed The Post Munera “was a classic abuser.”
“[He was] making her cut off her friendships with other people, he would sometimes answer her phone for her, he wouldn’t leave her alone,” Elder mentioned.
Jared Hardy known as Munera’s alleged acts “senseless violence.”
“That bastard, he destroyed so much, pure evil,” the heartbroken uncle mentioned by means of tears.
“All we can hope is we get justice and that he’ll never see the light of day again and he’ll never be eligible for parole.”
Late Thursday, Hardy’s household set up a GoFundMe page to assist with their funeral bills and the associated fee to transport her stays again to Arizona and it’s already raised over $10,000.
Leidholdt pointed to the documented historical past of violence between the couple, which was additionally identified to the police, and the truth that Munera lived in the identical constructing as Hardy as greater than sufficient cause for cops to stick round and defend her.
“Seven calls to the police? Escalating violence? Multiple lethality dangerousness factors and he appears that he lived in the building and the police didn’t stick around to protect this victim? That is unconscionable,” Leidholdt mentioned.
“Unfortunately regulation enforcement, nonetheless to this present day, merely doesn’t present intimate accomplice violence victims with the identical diploma of safety it gives others and I believe that if this had been a stranger incident, or an incident that didn’t contain an intimate accomplice, that the police would’ve supplied a higher diploma of safety.
“The system failed her.”
Leidholdt mentioned Hardy’s alleged murder ought to be a “real wake up call” to the NYPD and “there needs to be change” — quick.
Munera was already dealing with costs over a February incident the place he allegedly held her prisoner in her apartment, stole her telephone to forestall her from calling 911 and destroyed her belongings.
In that case, prosecutors tried to maintain him on bail following his arrest, pointing to his previous historical past of home incidents, however a choose launched him on his personal recognizance as a result of state regulation prohibits them from factoring dangerousness into their bail choice.
“If ever there was a case in which bail should’ve been granted, it’s this case,” Leidholdt mentioned.
“Had that happened? Alayna Hardy very likely would be alive today.”