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A New York City man is accused of viciously attacking his girlfriend and her pregnant friend with an axe—hacking one of the women to death—while a 4-year-old girl was in a nearby room.
Jerry Brown, 34, has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree attempted murder and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon after police discovered a bloody scene at a Brooklyn apartment early Saturday.
“This was a brutal, a terrible, vicious, vicious attack,” NYPD Deputy Chief Michael M. Kemper said, according to The New York Post. “Both victims suffered multiple deep, deep lacerations.”
It’s alleged that Brown, who goes by the name “Grim Creepa” on social media, attacked his ex-girlfriend Angela Valle, 21, and her friend, Savannah Rivera, 20, around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
A bloody Valle, who suffered a blow to the back of her head and gashes to her chest, arms, stomach and throat, called for an Uber to take her to the hospital but when the driver arrived, he called 911.
Valle told emergency responders before she lost consciousness that her 4-year-old daughter Aliana was still inside and had been in a nearby room during the attack.
Rivera, who was two-months pregnant at the time, was also still in the apartment and was found nearly decapitated in the living room of the apartment, local station WPIX reports. Rivera also suffered stab wounds to her body and was found with some of her fingers chopped off, police said.
Valle is being treated for the life-threatening injuries at a local hospital, where she is reportedly in critical condition in the surgical ICU.
Just before his arrest, Brown reportedly talked to WPIX telling the local news station that he did not remember the attack but woke up with his head “busted” and his hand cut.
“Somebody woke me up. I have a staple in my head. I woke up on the floor. I was drifting in and out of consciousness. I was on the floor in the hallway of a building,” he reportedly said of what he could recall.
He also told the station that he suffered from mental illness, claiming to have schizophrenia, paranoia and bipolar disorder.
Brown wept when told that his ex-girlfriend was in life-threatening condition.
NYPD investigators discovered a bloody axe tossed into a trash compactor in the building and believe the weapon may have been used in the brutal attack.
Valle’s mother, Jessica Cruz, told The Post that she had little information about the case and that her main priority was caring for her injured daughter.
“Right now my family and I are trying to cope with what’s going on,” she said in a text.
A family friend of Rivera said she was the mom to a 3-year-old boy and had been excited about her recent pregnancy.
“We lost two lives,” Margaret Cruz told The Post.
The victim’s sister, Tatiana Cabrera, 24, told the news organization that she had warned her sister not to hang out with Valle because she believed she was a bad influence.
“I told her something was going to happen. But I didn’t know. Honestly, I didn’t know it would be like this.”
In the months before the brutal attack, Valle professed her love for Brown on social media, who she called “Mr. 187,” a gang slang term for murder.
Records also show Brown has a violent past with 13 previous arrests, The New York Times reports. He pleaded guilty in 2003 for attempted murder after someone reporting seeing him shoot a person in the chest at a park in 2002. He was also arrested in 2017 for allegedly choking a 23-year-old woman until she passed out. The woman reportedly had a cut on her head that required 25 stitches.
Brown turned himself into authorities on Saturday and was admitted on Sunday to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
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