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CrimeDouble homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up

21:15  05 august  2019
21:15  05 august  2019 Source:   northjersey.com

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Refusing to accept his relationship was ending, an Elizabeth man drove to the house where his girlfriend was living and stabbed her and her employer to death, before attempting to flee to Cancun, Mexico, authorities said.

Using two different knives, Joseph D. Porter, 27, fatally stabbed David Kimowitz, 40, and Karen Bermudez-Rodriguez, 26, in Kimowitz's Maplewood home, according to court records. The slayings happened hours after Bermudez-Rodriguez tried to end her relationship with Porter, records show.

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"Joseph [Porter] texted back that he was upset with Ms. Bermudez-Rodriguez because she was trying to end the relationship with Joseph," records show.

The court records lay out grisly details of an early morning homicide set off by a violent refusal to accept rejection.

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Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up
Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up
Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up
Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up
Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up
Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up

At about 6 a.m. Saturday, police responded to calls of a wounded person. They found Bermudez-Rodriguez lying on the ground, riddled with stab wounds and her hands bound with tape, records show. Witnesses recounted hearing fighting and seeing a man assaulting Bermudez-Rodriguez. Video footage shows a man chasing Bermudez-Rodriguez through the street, records show.

A nanny broke up with her boyfriend. He stabbed her and her boss to death, police say

A nanny broke up with her boyfriend. He stabbed her and her boss to death, police say Court records lay out grisly details of an early-morning double homicide set off by a violent refusal to accept a rejection.

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Just hours earlier, between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m., Bermudez-Rodriguez had texted Porter to end their relationship and get back the keys she had given him to Kimowitz's Walton Road home, records show. Porter grew upset and drove to the Walton Road residence.

Double homicide in Maplewood NJ: Boyfriend came to house after break up© Submitted/Essex County District Attorney's Office Joseph D. Porter, 27, of Elizabeth, NJ, was arrested in connection with the deaths of his girlfriend and her employer.

When Porter arrived, he used the keys to enter the house and went upstairs, where he picked up a knife and stabbed Kimowitz, records show. Police officers would later find Kimowitz's body covered in stab wounds, a knife resting nearby.

After stabbing Kimowitz, Porter bound Bermudez-Rodriguez. Still bound, Bermudez-Rodriguez ran outside, with Porter chasing behind, running her down and stabbing her in the street, records show.

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Details of the killings come straight from Porter after he was arrested at Newark Airport, trying to board a flight to Cancun, records show. When officers arrested him, Porter had marks and scratches all over his neck.

Porter is being held in Essex County jail. It is not known when his first court appearance is scheduled.

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