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Man stabs estranged wife to death in NY nail salon

August 9, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say a man with a knife entered a New York City nail salon, shoved his estranged wife to the floor and stabbed her to death.

Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan announced murder charges Friday against 39-year-old William Rivas, who the prosecutor says repeatedly plunged the long blade into the woman’s torso.

His 35-year-old wife, Carmen Iris Santiago, worked at the salon in Queens’ Jackson Heights neighborhood.

Horrified co-workers watched as she was attacked Wednesday evening. Police found Rivas lying on her bloodied body.

Investigators are trying to determine his motive.

Rivas is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned via video from his bed at a Queens hospital where he was treated for lacerations.

His attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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