|Please Be Careful of the Men You Date!
Snub led to knifing
|Guy couldn’t accept ‘No’|
|BY JENNY CLEVSTROM and ROBERT F. MOORE
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
A Bronx woman allegedly knifed by her rose-toting boyfriend says he tried to kill her because she rejected his marriage proposal – and he couldn’t accept living without her.
“All this happened because I didn’t want to be with him,” Jessica Guerrero, 23, told the Daily News yesterday from her bed at St. Barnabas Hospital where she was recovering from more than 20 stab wounds.
“I feel bad,” she said, her voice trailing off. “I’m just wounded everywhere from stabs. I didn’t see it coming.”
Draped in a hospital gown, Guerrero had bandages on her hands, covering wounds inflicted when she tried to fight off Jesus Nieves, her on-and-off boyfriend of five years, who allegedly stabbed her on Thursday.
Nieves, 24, went to Guerrero’s home at about 9 p.m., bringing his mother and a bouquet of roses. When Guerrero answered the door, he asked for her hand in marriage, only to be turned down. Furious, Nieves allegedly then tried to kill the woman he professed to love. “No! No!” she hollered, according to Guerrero’s 12-year-old nephew, Brandon Rodriguez. “Stop!”
Hearing Guerrero’s screams, her father, Dimas, 53, ran to help and found Nieves sitting on top of his bloodied daughter in the building hallway.
The courageous dad wrestled the knife away from Nieves, suffering several wounds before stabbing the man in the torso, cops said. Nieves fled to the front of the building where he collapsed, witnesses said.
Cops later found rose petals splattered with blood on the fifth-floor hallway outside Guerrero’s home.
Her father was in stable condition at St. Barnabas yesterday.
Nieves was in serious condition at Jacobi Medical Center.
Police said charges against Nieves are pending. A martial arts fanatic, he is expected to be arraigned next week.
Jessica Guerrero had a tube down her throat yesterday, and doctors told her she suffered a collapsed lung. But she said medication was easing her pain.
Guerrero’s relatives said the young woman had tried to break up with Nieves in the past. They also said he put a knife to his throat and threatened to kill himself in her bedroom about two months ago.
“I knew he was crazy,” said Guerrero’s sister, Jennifer. “But I didn’t think he was that crazy.”
With Jose Martinez and Kerry Burk
May 7, 2010