MONROE – State police and Village of Monroe police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal Saturday morning stabbing of 25-year-old Honduran immigrant Luis Garcia Rivera at a 20 Lake St. apartment in the Village.
Village of Monroe police on Saturday arrested a suspect in the stabbing.
Samuel Delcid Hernandez, 31, of the Village of Monroe, was charged with one count of murder in the second degree, said State Police Capt. Brian Shortall, head of Troop F’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Hernandez was due to be arraigned Saturday, but a court location was not readily available.
Shortall spoke alongside Anthony Amatetti, acting Village of Monroe police chief, at a press conference late Saturday afternoon outside the village police department.
They said village police responded at 3 a.m., Saturday to a call about a stabbing victim with multiple wounds.
Shortall said Garcia Rivera died in the multi-unit dwelling.
But Shortall declined to say when police think the stabbing occurred, the number of wounds received, whether Garcia Rivera was dead when police arrived, or if the victim knew the suspect.
Shortall also would not say whether the 20 Lake St. apartment was the suspect’s residence or whether Hernandez or Garcia Rivera were intoxicated.
Police encouraged anyone who might have information about Garcia Rivera’s death to call either the state police tip line at 845-782-8311 or the Village of Monroe Police Department at 845-492-8477.
Neither Shortall nor Amatetti think the death was gang-related, and Amatetti sought to reassure the public.
“This was just an isolated incident perpetrated by one individual,” Amatetti said. “There’s nothing to worry about.”
Through a translator, Garcia Rivera’s wife, Nancy Marisol Mejia Martinez, 23, spoke with a Times Herald-Record reporter at 4:30 p.m. at the Village of Monroe police station just before law enforcement questioned her.
Martinez said the couple have a 1-month-old son, Luis Angel Garcia Rivera, who looks just like his father.
Martinez was at the police station with the victim’s sister, Sandra Garcia Rivera, 42, of the Village of Monroe, and Jasmine Molquecho, a family friend and roommate to the Garcia Rivera siblings and Martinez.
With Molquecho as translator, Martinez said she was unsure what time the stabbing occurred, but she last spoke with her husband at 1 p.m. Friday, while he was eating lunch with a friend.
Martinez said Garcia Rivera left for work at his construction job at 7 a.m., Friday.
But Martinez didn’t think anything of her inability to reach her husband at night because he had broken his phone, and she thought he was just out with friends.
She said she became worried when she awoke at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, and her husband still wasn’t home.
Ninety minutes later, she found out that her husband died.
She declined to say how she heard of his death, and, before police questioned her, she said she didn’t know who stabbed her husband.
“He was one of the good men in the world,” a sobbing Martinez said of her husband.
“If anyone can help, please come to the Monroe police” with information about his death.
As Molquecho translated, Martinez’s sister Sandra Garcia Rivera said that she and her brother have a mother, five brothers and two sisters in Honduras.
She said that, two years ago, her brother and Martinez emigrated to America and settled in Monroe because she already lived in Monroe.
Sandra Garcia Rivera said she moved to America three years ago, and she chose Monroe because it's a "comfortable" town, and the mid-Hudson is beautiful.
The Garcia Rivera siblings and Martinez came to America to make “a good future” in a land of promise, Sandra Garcia Rivera said.
Garcia Rivera and Martinez married in America after emigrating, Molquecho said.
“He was a good man, and he didn’t get into trouble,” Garcia Rivera said softly of her brother as she cried.
“He was very calm and sweet. He played pickup soccer games. He was a soccer aficionado, and he loved the Madrid and Barcelona teams.”