Woman Stabbed To Death As Neighbors Dawdle

Segundo Penafiel
NY Police Dept
New York City investigators wonder why neighbors waited more than a half hour before calling police after hearing the screams for help from a woman who was stabbed to death at a Queens apartment.

Police found Ebony Garcia, 21, lying in a pool of blood at about 2:10 a.m Saturday. She was stabbed about a dozen times and died two hours later at a local hospital.

Witnesses say neighbors ignored the woman's screams for more than 30 minutes before someone called the police. One neighbor said she ignored the cries because she thought the victim had been drinking.

"She was screaming, 'Help, help, he stabbed me on the neck, I'm bleeding from the neck," the neighbor told the New York Daily News.

A police source told the newspaper that Garcia had been out drinking at a local bar when she ran into her ex-boyfriend, Segundo Penafiel, 25, against whom she had obtained a restraining order.

"She was in a bad situation. She was a young girl, a good girl," the victim's cousin told the Daily News.

Garcia was the mother of a 2-year-old daughter, the newspaper reports.