Former NYPD cop Arthur Lomando jumped in front of subway train after fatally attacking his ex-girlfriend with a machete, according to law enforcement authorities in northern New Jersey.
Cops responding to a 911 call found victim Suzanne Bardzell, 48, dead inside her vehicle in the driveway of her Midland Park, New Jersey, home, with the engine of the Volkswagen SUV still running.
Bardzell was a special education teacher and mother of two teenage sons.
“[Bergen County Prosecutor John] Molinelli said Lomando left the machete-like knife that was used in the attack at the scene of the killing,” the Bergen Record reported. The suspect smashed through the driver’s side window in committing the alleged murder ambush.
After the gruesome machete attack on Thursday afternoon, which prompted a police manhunt, Lomando, 44, a Long Island resident, fled New Jersey, and threw himself in front of a moving New York City subway train in upper Manhattan.
“He then went to the 163rd Street/Amsterdam Avenue station in Washington Heights and jumped in front of a train at about 4:30 p.m., said the sources, adding that he was rushed to Harlem Hospital,” the New York Post explained.
Suzanne Bardzell had obtained an order of protection on October 5 against Lomando, her former boyfriend of about three years, after several incidents of alleged domestic violence, according to prosecutor Molinelli. The couple apparently began dating after meeting online.
“While there is evidence of a history of domestic violence between Ms. Bardzell and the assailant, it appears that she did not notify police and come in and file complaints with the police department until just recently,” Molinelli said.
“I mean, don’t get me wrong. I am sick to death of what happened. That he actually took her life. It’s beyond comprehension,” he said.
Authorities plan to charge Lomando with murder, possession of a weapon, and violating the terms of a restraining order.
Cops on Long Island and in Midland Park reportedly tried to take Lomando into custody twice earlier this month for violating the terms of the restraining order. He turned himself into police on October 10 for violating the court order and was released on $10,000 bail, the Bergen Record separately reported.
“Police say he violated that restraining order several times, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Lomando at first refused to come out when police went to his home, but he wound up turning himself in and posting bail,” News12 Long Island reported.
A candlelight vigil will be held tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Midland Park for Suzanne Bardzell. “This event has stirred within us a desire to pray for the town we love and live in…All of our houses of faith have been contacted and invited to participate in this prayer service,” Midland Park PD noted on its Facebook page.
As far as the suspect’s prior separation from the police force, “Court records show Lamondo served with the NYPD for 10 years and was terminated from the force in 2004 after several documented misconduct issues and mental health concerns. He sued the NYPD but a judge ruled in the department’s favor in 2005,” ABC News added.
The NYPD has yet to issue a statement about the machete murder allegedly committed by one of its former officers.
[Photo via Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office/Twitter]