The only suspect in the brutal stabbing murder of Ebony Garcia, 21, in College Point on Saturday, was arrested in Texas on Tuesday. The arrest was made through a joint investigation involving the NYPD, the U.S. Border Patrol and the U.S. Marshals Service.
Segundo Penafiel, Garcia’s ex-boyfriend, was taken into custody at approximately 3:30 p.m. while travelling on a bus in Cameron County, in Brownsville, Tex.He was 100 yards from the Mexican border.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., on Saturday, Garcia called a cousin in Florida and told her she was afraid because her ex-boyfriend, Segundo Penafiel, was inside the apartment with her. The couple had a turbulent past and Garcia had taken out a restraining order against him after he hit her with a clothes iron.
The cousin tried to call 911, but couldn’t get through to a New York dispatcher so she called another relative. The relative, an aunt, lives in New York City and called the police.
Garcia cried for help but was left bleeding for half an hour outside the apartment building before neighbors, who dismissed her cries as drunken behavior, called 911, according to media reports.
At approximately 2 a.m., police from the 109th Precinct responded to the call on 121st Street. Upon arrival, they discovered Garcia, who they described as an African-American woman, lying in a pool of blood with multiple stab wounds to the torso.
Emergency Medical Services responded and took Garcia, a mother of a two-year-old daughter, to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, where she was pronounced dead on arrival at approximately 3:52 a.m. Police had no explanation for the gap between their arrival on the scene and the time she was pronounced dead.
The perpetrator had fled the scene. Later, police released a photo of Penafiel, who lives on Roosevelt Avenue in Corona. He is 25 years old, Hispanic, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighs 165 pounds.
Garcia had been drinking with Penafiel at a bar near her home, despite the restraining order, although according to published reports, the two left the bar separately.