Just two days after Connecticut governor Daniel Malloy told local leaders that they were not required to enforce federal immigration law, a previously deported illegal alien was arrested in a double-stabbing that resulted in a murder in Bridgeport.
The suspect, Oscar Hernandez stabbed the mother of his child, Nidia Gonzales, at least 14 times in a domestic dispute, killing her early Friday morning. He also attacked her female friend, who is currently hospitalized in critical condition.
Following the stabbings, Hernandez fled with his six-year-old daughter, Aylin Sofia Hernandez, for whom an Amber Alert was issued Friday morning in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The alert was canceled following Hernandez’s capture in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Hernandez is a citizen of El Salvador and was previously deported on November 27, 2013.
Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez described the incident as the “ugly, ugly side of domestic violence,” and said the stabbing scene was “horrendous.” Perez confirmed that Hernandez and Gonzales were living together but were not married, and that alcohol was a factor in the case.
Police were called to the home about 2:45 a.m. when the landlord had called 911. They discovered the two women stabbed, and the little girl missing. An Amber Alert was sent out about 5 a.m.
A Pennsylvania trooper spotted the car that had been described in the Amber Alert about 11 a.m. Friday on I-99 and tried to pull it over, but Hernandez sped away instead. He crashed into the back of a tractor trailer, causing the patrol crash to rear-end his vehicle. He was taken into custody there on the highway, and the child was retrieved.
Hernandez had previously come to the attention of Bridgeport police when a restraining order was filed against him relating to an assault case involving another woman.
“We are all absolutely relieved that after this horrible tragedy that resulted in the death of a young mother in Bridgeport, her six-year-old daughter was not harmed, and is being held safely in custody,” said Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. “I want to thank everyone for their support and the combined efforts of police, the media, and the general public. This was not the work of one agency. With everyone’s quick assistance to this case and the Amber Alert, the suspect was apprehended and we are grateful for the safe return of Aylin Hernandez.”
Chief Perez remarked, “This is never a good situation, but we are pleased to report the perpetrator has been apprehended, is being detained, and the little girl is safe and in the custody of officials. We can thank the excellent investigative work of our Bridgeport Police Department as well as local police, state police, and law enforcement across the country.”
H/T: Fox 61
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