'Scared' pregnant woman found murdered after cops blow off frantic 911 call

'Scared' pregnant woman found murdered after cops blow off frantic 911 call

In that case, Barry Wells allegedly dragged Tonie Wells, 22, down the stairwell of a West 42nd Street building and into a closet before placing his hands around her neck, causing her to lose consciousness, according to the criminal complaint.

Tonie was found dead at the bottom of the basement stairs of her brownstone near Sterling Place and Albany Avenue around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

29-year-old Barry Wells has been arrested in connection to the death of his 22-year-old wife.

Citing sources within the department, the New York Post reported that the officers drove to the address of the home but never got out of their police auto.

Wells' husband is in police custody and is being questioned.

Most damning were revelations that NYPD cops had been called to the Brooklyn home earlier that Wednesday to check on Wells who told 911 she was "scared" of her husband because he was 'acting amusing, ' according to police sources cited by the nypost.

"It was him", Wells' sister told the Daily News. The paper says the officers never got out of their vehicle.

Tonie Wells

Sometime after the initial emergency call, a neighbour called 911 to report hearing the cries of Toni Wells' two-year-old daughter inside the home.

"I would see them together. I'm still in shock", neighbor Michelle Ruiz told the New York Post.

The on-and-off couple married in the spring but the nature of their current relationship was unclear NBC reported.

"An initial determination deemed this person's death to be suspicious and it is now being investigated", said deputy chief Michael Kempfer, according to CBS News. This is what led detectives to to believe she was either pushed or fell down the flight of stairs.

According to the Post, police have previously responded to a domestic incident at the home.

Meanwhile, officials confirmed Thursday that Internal Affairs is investigating the police response to a call for a wellness check at the home earlier that day. Charges for Barry Wells are pending.




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