NEW YORK CITY, NY – On Friday, Manuel Villar, 50, was charged with the stabbing death of his wife, 43-year-old Ivette Villar.
A day earlier, emergency personnel responded to their Queens apartment on Beach 58th Street, only to discover the mother of three lying unresponsive with several stab wounds. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
In a press release, Queens County District Attorney Melinda Katz stated:
...between 1:30 and 3:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the defendant and his wife, Ivette Villar, argued in the bedroom of their apartment. The couple’s sons and one of the son’s friends were also in the apartment, some of them sleeping in another part of the home. At one point during the heated exchange, the defendant allegedly took a knife and stabbed the 43-year-old woman.
According to the charges, Villar left his wife bleeding in their bedroom and slipped out of the apartment. The defendant called 911 and police responded to the scene where the woman was found deceased on the floor and leaning against the bed. The defendant was apprehended yesterday morning in Brooklyn.
Manuel Villar later called police and confessed to killing his wife.
The Dominican national has been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.