Hamilton Heights man charged in deadly stabbing of common-law wife

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A 68-year-old Hamilton Heights man has been charged for the violent, fatal stabbing of his common-law wife inside their apartment on Friday night.

Geraldo Balbuena, 68, was charged Saturday with murder and criminal possession of a weapon for the slaying of Lanilda Nuez, 79.

Officers from the 30th Precinct took Balbuena into custody at the scene of the crime, which occurred at 10:16 p.m. on June 10 inside a second-floor apartment at 615 West 144th St.

Police found Nuez inside her bedroom with multiple stab wounds to her torso. Responding EMS units rushed her to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

Two knives allegedly used in the deadly attack were recovered from the location.

Law enforcement sources said Balbuena was apprehended without incident, and brought to the 30th Precinct stationhouse for further questioning.

The motive for the attack remains unknown, sources familiar with the case said.

Updated on June 12 at 1:50 p.m.

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