PATERSON, NJ - A 21-year-old city woman was stabbed to death Wednesday morning at her Highland Street home by the father of her 1-year-old daughter while the infant was nearby, authorities said.
The victim, Katera Robinson, called police at 11 am and said she was being stabbed by Kerry Richardson, according to authorities. Officers arrived at the scene within two minutes and found her with multiple stab wounds, according to a press release issued by the Paterson Police Department. Richardson a
Robinson was rushed to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, but she was pronounced dead at 11:57 am, the press release said.
Meanwhile, five officers rushed to the suspect's home on Lyon Street, a few blocks away in the 4th Ward, and arrested him by 11:07 am, the press release said.
Richardson has been charged with murder and weapons offenses, police said.
The victim's mother, Latrese Robinson, works at City Hall in the mayor's office.
The press release praised the quick response of the officers who rushed to the scene, tried to save the victim, arrested the suspect, and conducted the follow-up investigation. The release did not provide full names. Responding to the victim's home were Sgt. Louis Esposito and Officers J. Torres, Robert Chalice, G. Ciarla, Gabe Spallacci, and Gary Destefano. Making the arrest were Officers F. Diaz, K. Matos, A. Alba, A. Bermudez, and S. Judeh. Investigating the case are Detectives Stephen Iacuzzo, Jackk DeSalvo and Stephen Leishman.