A former NYPD officer lost both his legs after jumping in front of a subway train in Manhattan, New York, on Oct 22. He is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend with a machete at her home in New Jersey earlier that day.
Arthur Lomando, 44, jumped in front of the subway at the Amsterdam and St. Nicholas stop, where he suffered severe injuries to his head and legs. According to Eyewitness News, Lomando had both legs amputated above the knee and is expected to survive.
Lomando reportedly approached Suzanne Bardzell, 48, around 3:30 p.m. in front of her home in Midland Park, New Jersey.
"Mr. Lomando confronted her in the driveway, broke her left window, and then attacked her with a very large machete type of knife, striking her several times," Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli, said, according to Eyewitness News. Bardzell was found in her car while it was still running.
The knife was recovered at the scene, New Jersey 101.5 reports.
Lomando and Bardzell dated for three years after meeting online. On Oct. 5, Bardzell took out a restraining order against Lomando, according to Eyewitness News.
"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.
The charges against Lomando include murder, weapons offenses and violating a restraining order, according to New Jersey 101.5.
After serving for 10 years, Lomando was fired from the NYPD in 2004 over misconduct and mental health concerns, Eyewitness News reports. He sued the department to be reinstated, but a judge ruled in favor of the NYPD in 2005.
In 2013, Lomando was arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal misconduct-intentional damaging of property.
Bardzell, who was a special education teacher in the Teaneck School District, is survived by her two teenage sons.