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Crowd Chases Man Who Allegedly Shoved Wife From 18th-Floor Window

September 24, 1987

NEW YORK (AP) _ A crowd chased a 40-year-old man after witnesses said he shoved his former wife to her death from the window of her 18th-floor Brooklyn apartment and calmly walked out the back door of the building, police said.

Horrified neighbors in the street shouted ″No 3/8 No 3/8 No 3/8″ when they saw the man fighting with the woman clutching the windowsill.

″I saw her hanging in the window by one hand and one leg,″ a neighbor, who declined to give her name, told the Daily News. ″She was pleading with him. She was holding onto the window. He pried her fingers off and was holding her by the leg. Then he let her go.″

Jose Burgos was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of his divorced wife, Wilhelmina Virginia Burgos, 39, said Sgt. Ed Burns, a police spokesman. Mrs. Burgos was pronounced dead about 9 a.m. outside her apartment building in the East New York section.

Nory Santiago, Mrs. Burgos’ sister, said her sister had obtained a court order of protection from her former husband, who frequently beat her. The couple, who were recently divorced after 21 years of marriage, had four children.

But Burgos had ignored the order and Mrs. Burgos was to go to court again Wednesday seeking to jail him, Ms. Santiago said.

Michael Fiore, 31, said he was passing the city housing project on his way to get a new truck starter.

″At first I think the crowd thought she was trying to jump and he was holding her,″ Fiore said. ″But it became obvious she was fighting for her life and he flung her down.″

Fiore said he drove after Burgos when he walked out of the building, and some people chased him, too.

After police arrived and put Burgos in a patrol car, the crowd beat on the windows.

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