Detectives are looking for the ex-boyfriend of a Queens woman stabbed to death early yesterday, a man with whom she had a violent history, New York City police said.
Ebony Garcia, 21, was seen at a bar late Saturday near the building where she died on 121st Street in College Point, Queens, drinking for more than an hour with Segundo Penafiel, 25, of Corona, police said. The pair ordered takeout and left together, witnesses later told police.
Shortly before 2 a.m., Garcia phoned an out-of-state cousin and told her that she had been followed home. The cousin called the victim's aunt in New York, who called 911 and reported a fight at the apartment.
Over the next several minutes, at least three neighbors made 911 calls about a woman in the building screaming that she was being stabbed. The later calls "sounded more dire," a police source said.
Officers found Garcia lying outside the building, bleeding from several stab wounds to the torso. Garcia was transported to New York Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Detectives yesterday were looking for Penafiel, who was described as 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, wearing a light-colored T-shirt, blue jeans and a light-colored do-rag. The couple have a rocky history, police said, including three domestic abuse reports since June, when Penafiel allegedly hit Garcia with an iron. He was charged with felony assault but later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.
Garcia also had an order of protection against Penafiel, which he violated Aug. 14 after he allegedly showed up at her job and punched her, police said.
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