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Who was Arianna Reyes-Gomez? 'Angel' off-duty cop stabbed to death by her ex-husband

NYPD cop Arianna Reyes-Gomez was stabbed multiple times by ex-husband Argenis de Jesus Baez Pizano inside her apartment in the Bronx
UPDATED JUN 14, 2022
Arianna Reyes-Gomez (L), an officer of the New York City Police Department, was killed by her former husband Argenis de Jesus Baez Pizano (R) (Source: @NYPDnews/Twitter and video screenshot/Fox5)
Arianna Reyes-Gomez (L), an officer of the New York City Police Department, was killed by her former husband Argenis de Jesus Baez Pizano (R) (Source: @NYPDnews/Twitter and video screenshot/Fox5)

In a horrifying and heart-wrenching incident, an “angel” off-duty cop was stabbed to death by her estranged husband in a Bronx apartment early Monday, June 13 – with a trail of blood leading police to her body. Officer Arianna Reyes-Gomez, 31, was allegedly stabbed multiple times by her former partner, Argenis de Jesus Baez Pizano, 34, at her apartment on Grand Concourse near East 156th Street, authorities and sources said.

Reyes-Gomez was an officer of the New York City Police Department and last year she was hailed for helping to save a straphanger’s life. During the day of the incident, when the domestic dispute turned deadly, Reyes-Gomez called a female relative, who then dialed 911 and sent police to the location, NYPD said as reported by NY Post. The officers arrived at the apartment at around 2:50 am. They found blood in the hallway leading to the apartment, and after busting down the door, Reyes-Gomez was found unresponsive, law-enforcement sources said.


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The NYC Police Association wrote on Twitter, "We are horrified and heartbroken by the death of our @NYPDTransit
sister in the Bronx this morning. We will remain with her family and her colleagues in support and prayer. We will see that justice is done in her name. #RIP"


Reportedly, the couple has a child who was not home during the incident. Shortly after the incident, Pizano turned himself in at a neighboring precinct. He was charged with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Pizano turned himself in at a neighboring precinct shortly after the murder (Credits: Video screenshot from Fox5)

“I am devastated and I ask God for a lot of strength so that my family and I can bear his loss,” Reyes-Gomez’s sister told The Post in a text message, calling her sibling “an angel on this earth” and “the best sister in the world.” “I could always count on her through thick and thin. I can say that she was an extremely good person with a big heart, her heart was clean and pure, she was one of the few good and sincere people that you can meet in this world,” the heartbroken sister said.

“For me she was an angel on this earth, an exceptional human being and always willing to help everyone without expecting anything in return, always helpful, excellent mother, daughter, sister, friend, I have no words to express how wonderful she was, and the great emptiness that he left in our hearts.”


Reyes-Gomez was assigned at the NYPD’s Transit Bureau according to police sources and Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson had only been with the NYPD since 2019. “The investigators need to determine if there was a documented history of domestic abuse,” Gibson said outside of the crime scene Monday morning. “I can’t imagine her mom and dad getting that phone call this morning that their daughter was fatally stabbed.”

As per the police, there was no domestic violence history between the couple. Neither cop's former partner had any prior arrests.

A deli worker on the block called the officer “a very nice lady” and said she had only been living at the address a few months. “She came in every now and then for a sandwich and a coffee,” the worker, Pedro Moya, 60, told The Post. “She always smiled and said hello. She hasn’t been coming in for all that long — maybe two or three months.”

Resident Alvin Green, 35, was shocked a violent crime occurred in an otherwise peaceful and friendly building. “There’s no crime or conflict here, we’re close to the court houses, and everyone’s friendly and says hello,” Green said. “It’s a quiet building.” “I never thought anything like this would happen in our building.”