By Christine Dempsey
HARTFORD, Conn. – A city man is in custody on $1.5 million bail after he fatally stabbed his girlfriend and drove her to the police station to turn herself in, officials said.
Pedro Grajalez, 52, of Campfield Avenue, was charged with murder after the fatal stabbing Sunday, Hartford police Lt. Aaron Boisvert said. He is accused of killing Nilda Rivera, 57, of New Britain, who Grajalez said was his girlfriend.
According to Boisvert, Grajalez entered the Hartford Police Department lobby around 3:20 p.m. Sunday and approached the officers at the front desk.
Grajalez said “he had just stabbed his girlfriend and she was sitting in a vehicle parked in front of the police department,” Boisvert said in a news release.
Officers took the man into custody and rushed to the car, where they found a woman, later identified as Rivera, unresponsive with “multiple injuries,” Boisvert said. They attempted life-saving measures until medics arrived.
Rivera was taken by ambulance to Saint Francis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to Boisvert.
Police believe the stabbing happened in the car when it was in the 200 block of Murphy Road in South Meadows.
Boisvert said Monday that it is “highly unusual” for a suspect to not only confess, but also bring the victim — and evidence — to police.
The homicide is the sixth of the year in Hartford and the first to claim a female victim.
Rivera is also the first victim who did not die from gunshots.
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