A New York Woman who had recently broken up with her boyfriend had her home broken into by said ex-boyfriend who was acting violently and even attacked her. The terrified woman had called 911 in an effort to get help on three occasions that night, but the police did not come until the next day.
Jennifer Vega was at home when a crash was heard in her New York apartment. Vega investigated the noise and found that it was her ex-boyfriend, who she had recently had a falling out with, breaking into her apartment through the bedroom window. Upon Seeing this, Vega attempted to call the authorities so that they could deal with the situation.
The man, Manual Rivera, slashed her with a broken liquor bottle. Vega had been injured by the attack and once again attempted to get into contact with the authorities.
Rivera got the message that he wasn’t supposed to be there and went outside. Rivera waited, seemingly peacefully, for the police to arrive outside for a period of 2 hours.
After some time went by, Vega called the police a third time so that they could come pick up Rivera. When 2 hours had passed Rivera entered the home again and began to rant and rave.
Rivera finally left the home and disappeared into the night after this. Vega was left alone with her children and patched up her wounds before heading to bed.
At 9:27 AM the next day there was a knock at the door, it was the police who had finally arrived to assess the situation.
As reported in the New York Daily News:
“The cops that showed up said they were following up on my call,” Vega, 30, told the Daily News. “And I told them, ‘What are you following up on if he already left?’ He already did what he had to do. I’m already injured.”
According to Vega, she made her first call for help when she spotted her ex trying to enter through the window. The second call was made about 30 minutes later, after Rivera slashed her leg with a liquor bottle. And finally, after the suspect left and subsequently came back inside her home, a third call was made when he departed for good after midnight.
After her second 911 call, Vega recalled, the suspect went outside and spent two hours waiting for police to put him in handcuffs. He reentered her home two hours later, continuing to rant and rave before finally leaving as Vega continued her wait for police or an ambulance.
“I didn’t see when he did it,” she said of the slashing. “I just felt the sting, like it was burning. That’s when I called the cops [again], because I was wanting him to get out because my kids were here.”
It is often pointed out that police response times are too slow to do anything meaningful in the event of a break-in. This story may be an outlier as 12 hours is an inexcusable response time, but it still highlights the need to keep a firearm in the home.
Jennifer Vega was lucky that this ex-boyfriend only cut her with a broken bottle once and in a way that only caused minor injuries. Had Rivera been an extremely violent individual she might have been murdered and the crime could have gone unknown for hours.