Amber Alert Cancelled – Missing Bridgeport Girl Found
This article was published on: 02/24/17 7:58 PM by Mike Minarsky
According to Bridgeport police, 6-year-old Aylyn Sofia Hernandez was reported missing following a double stabbing and a murder. They also found Aylyn’s father, 39-year-old Oscar Hernandez.
According to Bridgeport police, Hernandez was found near Harrisburg, PA. A pursuit of him there resulted in the damaging of three cruisers.
During the police pursuit, the Pennsylvania trooper received a minor injury. Aylyn also suffered a minor injury to her head and leg, according to Bridgeport police. Police were making arrangements to have her brought back to Connecticut.
Hernandez has been transported to a local hospital with “minor injuries.”
There is a warrant for Hernandez arrest from Bridgeport.
Bridgeport Mayor Joseph Ganim called the incident a terrible tragedy and said the city’s police department was on top of it.
“Our department, in conjunction with any other appropriate law enforcement is on [the case],” he said.
Police were called to the reported stabbing on Greenwood Street in Bridgeport around 2:45 a.m. The 911 call was made by the landlord, police said.
The road remains blocked off to traffic.
According to investigators, Hernandez showed up to the house on Friday morning after two women arrived home from a late night out.
Everyone involved in the incident lives in the home, according to police.
They said some kind of argument ensued inside and Hernandez stabbed the women, one of whom died. The victim who died was identified as Aylyn’s mother, 26-year-old Nidia Gonzales.
Detectives said Hernandez had a dating relationship with the Aylyn’s mother, but they were not married.
“It looks like alcohol had a lot to do with it,” Bridgeport Police Chief AJ Perez said. “But that’s part of the investigation.”
Perez called the scene inside the home “horrendous.”
“There was just so much blood and it was so senseless,” he said. “This is the ugly, ugly side of domestic violence.”
Photos from the outside of the scene can be viewed here.
The second victim, whose name was not released, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to St. Vincent Medical Center. She was in the critical, but stable condition and is expected to be OK, according to Bridgeport police.
“She underwent surgery early [Friday] morning and our last report from the hospital is that she’s in critical but stable condition and is expected to survive,” said Capt. Brian Fitzgerald, Bridgeport police.
Hernandez fled with Aylyn in a silver 2017 Hyundai Sonata with Connecticut registration AG91925. They said the car was being driven by Hernandez. They also said the vehicle was rented.
Around 11:15 a.m., the police started pursuing Hernandez in Pennsylvania.
Bridgeport police said Hernandez is known to them, though this was the first time they had been to the house since 2012. Perez said he has a restraining order against him that was the result of an assault on another woman unrelated to Friday’s incident.
Friday’s murder was Connecticut’s first intimate partner violence homicide in 2017, according to CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
“We are saddened that another life has been taken because of domestic violence, but are grateful that the victim’s daughter has been found,” Karen Jarmoc, chief executive officer of CT Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said in a statement on Friday.
Connecticut had 8 intimate partner violence homicides in 2015 and 9 intimate partner violence homicides in 2016.
“We urge everyone to be vigilant of the signs that abusive behaviors may be escalating towards fatal violence. We want the public to know that our 18 member organizations are here to help by providing safe, confidential and free services across the state, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week,” Jarmoc went on to say.
Neighbors along Greenwood Street said they were stunned to learn the news.
One told Eyewitness News that they remember seeing Aylin playing recently and that the family seemed happy together. Another said the street is known as one of the safer neighborhoods in the community.
“They seemed to be very nice people, they’re quiet,” said Gary Chapman of Bridgeport.
Chapman said he lived in the area for 30 years.
He said it was just Thursday when he saw Aylyn outside.
“[I] saw the girl, she was playing with a soccer ball,” Chapman said.
Then came the news of what happened on Friday morning.
“I am shocked because it kept going on the news,” Chapman said.
He said he never noticed any sign of trouble at the home.
Brenda Burks said she lives on Summit Street, two houses down from Greenwood Street. She too said she was stunned by the domestic violence.
“It’s scary,” she said. “It’s really scary.”
Source: Channel 3 2/24/17