Monday, August 25, 2008

The "New Americans"...

A Queens mom was hacked to death by her ex-boyfriend in a College Point apartment building early yesterday, screaming for help for more than a half-hour before neighbors called cops, authorities and witnesses said.

Sources said Garcia ran into the old boyfriend, Segundo Penafiel, 25, at a club earlier in the night and the pair left together.

At about 1:30 a.m., Garcia, who has a 3-year-old daughter, called a cousin in Florida and told her that she was scared because Penafiel, who has a history of abusing the victim, was in the apartment.

The cousin called 911, but couldn't get through to a New York dispatcher, so she called her mother, who lives in the city.

Garcia's aunt dialed 911 at 1:57 a.m. and said that the her niece was being beaten.

About 15 minutes later, cops, who received a call from a neighbor at 2:12 a.m. arrived at the house.

One neighbor said she heard Garcia screaming for 35 minutes but ignored the cries because she thought the victim was drunk.

Penafiel is Hispanic, 5-foot-11, 165 pounds and was last seen wearing a light-colored shirt, jeans and a do-rag.