Pinoy in New York stabs wife to death before jumping off train station
A Filipino Queens man stabbed his wife to death before killing himself by jumping 50 feet off an elevated subway train station Thursday morning.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told a press conference that Amis Cale, 41, apparently attacked his wife Jennifer Cale, 37, inside their family’s home on 39th Place in Sunnyside around 8 a.m. during an argument.
According to Kelly, the couple’s 19-year-old daughter woke to her mother’s cries for help and found her mother’s body soaked in blood and her throat cut in the kitchen area, with her father still standing over the body.
Amis Cale then fled the third-floor apartment before his daughter sprinted out of the building and started screaming for help, police and witnesses told the New York Daily News.
“She was yelling, ‘Help! Help! Save my mother,” said the building’s superintendent Elias Suarez, 42, referring to the teen daughter.
“I heard the commotion and went upstairs,” Suarez told the Daily News.
“I saw her (Jennifer Cale) in the apartment. I saw her lying face-up. There was blood everywhere.”
Reports said Amis Cale then ran to the nearby No. 7 line of the subway station on Lowery Street, and jumped 50 feet off the elevated tracks landing on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 41st Street.
He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was reportedly pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
“He goes directly to the train station...and jumps to the pavement below,” Kelly said of Amis Cale.
Jennifer Cale was declared dead on arrival at the same hospital around 9:20 a.m., police also said.
Mario Salinas, a neighbor of the family who happened to be at the subway station, told the New York Post that he called 911 around 9:30 a.m. to report Amis Cale — in bare feet and wearing a white shirt — leapt from the No. 7 line.
“I saw him standing up there and he jumped,” said Salinas, 32, a plumber.
“It’s about 50 feet. I saw the guy down on the ground laying back. He was still alive.”
“I heard a big boom!” said George Kelly, 50, a retired New York Police Department (NYPD) officer.
“I knew something was wrong.”
The incident shook the neighborhood.
“They never argued, that’s why it’s weird, I don’t understand,” said neighbor George Suarez, a 36-year-old personal trainer and brother of the building super.
According to the super, Elias Suarez, the family moved to the apartment six years ago.
The victim’s mother had lived in that apartment by herself for a decade, before her daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law immigrated from the Philippines, Suarez said.
“They were very quiet they always seemed like a happy couple always with a smile, and he was very soft spoken,” Suarez said.
“This has been a terrible tragedy.”
The daughter was being questioned by detectives in the 108th Precinct hours later. - Filipino Reporter
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