THE BRONX — A Bronx man accused of running over his estranged wife with a car and attacking her with a machete was charged with murder Tuesday, according to the Bronx DA.
Victor Mateo, 63, of Yonkers, who is also a Bronx pastor, is accused of running over his estranged wife with a car and stabbing her with a machete in front of her two grandchildren on a Bronx street. He was arraigned on charges of second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.
Officials said Mateo fled the scene in his wife’s vehicle; he was found in Hazelton, Pennsylvania and arrested on Oct. 10.
“The defendant cruelly attacked his wife, from whom he had been estranged for approximately a month, in front her two young grandchildren,” said Bronx DA Darcel Clark.
“The defendant allegedly struck her with his own vehicle, then ran her over with her car, and stabbed her with a machete. We will pursue justice for the victim, as well as her family members who have been deeply traumatized by the terrible attack.”
He is due back in court in January 2020.