Ozone Park man allegedly stabs wife to death over cheating

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An Ozone Park woman is dead after husband allegedly stabbed her because she was cheating on him.

Updated, Saturday, November 16

A knife-wielding Ozone Park man allegedly stabbed his wife to death after catching her cheating, friends and neighbors said.

Police broke down a locked bedroom door in an 80th Street home at about 3 a.m. Friday morning and found Josefa Sanchez, 41, unconscious and unresponsive.

She was rushed to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead, authorities said.

Her husband, Adalberto Sanchez, 50, had caught her being unfaithful after some investigation, according to Marino Garcia, the man’s best friend of about 16 years.

Garcia said Sanchez, who has three children with the victim, put a tape recorder under the seat of the couple’s shared car and obtained recordings of his wife allegedly having relations with another man.

“He told me yesterday. He was really bad. I told him to leave her,” Garcia said.

Sanchez said he wanted one last recording to find out exactly who his wife’s partner was, and then he would take his child and leave.

“I told him to come with me,” Garcia said. “I never thought he would do this. I know everything about him. He’s like my big brother.”

But the alleged killer, who is a cab driver, followed his wife out of the house late Thursday night, said neighbor Betsy Guerra. When they returned about 2 a.m. Friday, an argument erupted, and he said he saw her with somebody else.

The couple worked at the same transportation company, she as a bus driver and he as a taxi driver, Garcia and neighbors said.

After he allegedly killed his wife, Sanchez stabbed himself in the stomach and waited at the kitchen table for authorities to arrive, police said, and was then brought to Jamaica Hospital.

Sanchez is charged with murder, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon.