'I'm Still In Shock': NYC Cop’s Estranged Husband Describes Faking His Own Death To Nab Wife In Alleged Hit Attempt

Investigators took pictures of Isaiah Carvalho slumped over in a car with broken glass around him as part of an elaborate plan to trap his wife, Valerie Cincinelli, a veteran NYPD officer.

By Jill Sederstrom
Digital Original
NYC Police Officer Arrested for Attempted Murder For Hire

The estranged husband of a veteran NYPD officer accused of putting out a hit out on him and her new boyfriend’s teenage daughter is speaking out about the allegations, saying he is still in “shock” just days after learning of her alleged plan to end his life.

“I can’t believe it. I’m still in shock,” Isaiah Carvalho said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I’m still lost over this whole thing and I’m trying to process everything.”

Carvalho said investigators arrived at his home last week to tell him that his wife, Valerie Cincinelli, had given her boyfriend $7,000 to pay someone to carry out the hit on him and her boyfriend’s teen daughter. However, her boyfriend contacted the FBI and began to secretly work with authorities to catch Cincinelli.

After hearing of his wife’s plan, Carvalho said his immediate concern was for his young son, but then investigators explained that they needed his help to fake his own death before Cincinelli could be arrested.

"It was the craziest thing I've ever had to experience," an emotional Carvalho said. "They had me sit in my car. They put glass on the floor and all over me, and had me hunch over into the passenger seat."

He’s now left wondering why his wife would have wanted him dead. Although he filed for divorce about five months ago, he said he never imagined their relationship would take a turn like this.

“We didn’t have like a heated custody battle,” he told the morning show. “We were about to reach an agreement, so I don’t see why she would attempt to do this to me, or to my son for that matter.”

He said he never imagined his wife could have been capable of anything like this.

“I didn’t want to believe it, but apparently it’s true,” he said.

Cincinelli had allegedly also wanted a hit man to kill her 54-year-old boyfriend John DiRubba’s teen daughter after becoming jealous about the amount of time the teen was spending with DiRubba, police sources told The New York Daily News.

She had reportedly suggested that the hit man run over the teen girl to make it appear like an accident, according to The New York Times.

DiRubba worked with authorities—even wearing a wire to record exchanges he had with his girlfriend—before her arrest.

“My heart is destroyed,” DiRubba told the Daily News Sunday of the experience. “I can’t even think straight now. I can’t come to terms that a mother of two, a police officer … wanted to harm my daughter.”

After authorities staged Carvalho’s death, a Suffolk County detective went to Cincinelli’s home Friday morning to notify her that her husband had been killed.

An FBI agent who had been posing as a hitman later texted the staged photo of Carvalho to convince the NYPD officer that the act had been carried out.

Prosecutors say after learning of her husband’s supposed death, she texted DiRubba saying the hitman had done it.

“He did his work. We need to work on our alibi,” she allegedly wrote.

But before long, the FBI would swoop in and arrest Cincinelli, charging her with use of interstate commerce for murder for hire.

However, Cincinelli’s father, Louis Cincinelli, told ABC News that the allegations against his daughter were not true and pointed the finger instead toward her boyfriend.

"I don't know what happened, but I do know my daughter and I knew this was not true when I first heard it," he said. "She was going out with some wacko pathological liar who had her locked up once before, saying that she pulled a gun on him and threatened to kill him, but then he went to court and said in open court, he recanted it and said he had made it up. Now ... she throws this bum out again and two weeks later this happens."

She’s currently being held without bail after a judge determined that she presented a “serious risk” to her intended targets.

Related Stories

Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content. 

You May Also Like...
Recommended by Zergnet