In a dramatic twist, Brooklyn detectives have charged one of the reported victims of an early morning stabbing as the prime suspect in the murder of her father and bloody assault on her sister.
Nikki Secondino, 22, faces murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon for her alleged role in the horrific attack that took the life of her father, Carlo Secondino, 61, and left her 19-year-old sister fighting for her life.
The motive for the attack remains unknown. Early on, police sources said it appeared that the Secondinos had been attacked in their 17th Avenue home by two masked male home invaders.
As of Thursday evening, police sources said the investigation remains ongoing, and subject to change. It’s not immediately clear whether any other individuals are being sought in the case, or how Nikki Secondino was connected to the bloody homicide.
Law enforcement sources said the horrific episode happened at about 6 a.m. on Dec. 30 inside the Secondino residence, an apartment above an office at 8208 17th Ave. in New Utrecht.
Officers from the 62nd Precinct, in responding to a 911 call, came across the horrific scene, finding Carlo Secondino and his 19-year-old daughter stabbed numerous times about their bodies.
They also located Nikki Secondino, who suffered stab wounds to both her hands, authorities said.
Responding EMS units pronounced Carlo Secondino dead at the scene; EMS rushed the 19-year-old woman to Maimonides Medical Center, where she’s listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
Nikki Secondino was taken to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn for treatment of injuries not considered life-threatening. Secondino was led out of the 62nd Precinct in cuffs by detectives where she remained silent but displayed a smirk.
Anyone with information regarding the homicide can call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (for Spanish, dial 888-57-PISTA). You can also submit tips online at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.
This story was updated on Dec. 29 at 11:15 p.m.