Face of Evil? ‘Holy Man’ Charged with Butchering Wife


Pastor Charged with Running Over, Stabbing Wife in Front of her Grandkids on Way to School

It was a scene out of a horror movie. A pastor hits his wife with his car. Then as she hid under her car, he gets into that vehicle and runs her over. And then stabs her with a machete, all the while her grand kids looked on in horror. Now prosecutors want to see the pastor go away for a long time for the grisly crime.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Yonkers man has been indicted for Murder, Manslaughter and other charges for running over his estranged wife with a vehicle and stabbing her with a machete in front her two grandchildren on a Bronx street. 

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

District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Victor Mateo, 63, of Yonkers, a pastor at the Christian Congregation The Redeemer Church in the Bronx, was arraigned on second-degree Murder and first-degree Manslaughter, three counts of fourth-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Margaret Clancy. The defendant was remanded and is due back in court on January 22, 2020.

According to the investigation, at about 6:45 a.m. on October 3, 2019, the defendant parked his vehicle near the home of Noelia Mateo, 58, on Ellsworth Avenue in Throgs Neck. When the victim came out to drive her grandchildren to school the defendant allegedly struck her with his vehicle. The victim hid beneath her car, and the defendant got into her car and allegedly ran her over with it. Then he allegedly hacked her with a machete. The victim’s 11-year-old grandson and 9-year-old granddaughter witnessed the attack.

After the Throggs Neck attack, Mateo fled to Pennsylavnia where his family has rental properties. Local authorities picked up Mateo on October 10 and he was extradicted on October 22. He was charged in Bronx criminal court later that day.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.

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