Man accused of running over wife, attacking her with machete charged with murder: DA

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Victor Mateo

Victor Mateo to be sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the killing of his estranged wife in October 2019, the Bronx DA says. (PIX11/officials)

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THE BRONX — A Bronx man accused of running over his estranged wife with a car and attacking her with a machete was charged with murder Tuesday, according to the Bronx DA.

Victor Mateo, 63, of Yonkers, who is also a Bronx pastor, is accused of running over his estranged wife with a car and stabbing her with a machete in front of her two grandchildren on a Bronx street. He was arraigned on charges of second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child.

Officials said Mateo fled the scene in his wife’s vehicle; he was found in Hazelton, Pennsylvania and arrested on Oct. 10.

“The defendant cruelly attacked his wife, from whom he had been estranged for approximately a month, in front her two young grandchildren,” said Bronx DA Darcel Clark.

“The defendant allegedly struck her with his own vehicle, then ran her over with her car, and stabbed her with a machete. We will pursue justice for the victim, as well as her family members who have been deeply traumatized by the terrible attack.”

He is due back in court in January 2020.

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