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Man ‘on cocaine confessed to murdering lover and her roommate when she said she didn’t love him’

A jealous man high on cocaine has confessed to stabbing his lover and her roommate to death in their Manhattan apartment because she told him she didn’t love him, according to court documents.

Kelvin Valdez, 27, of Inwood, is accused of murdering Jaslynn Pena, 37, and her 51-year-old roommate, Belkis Cruz, in a jealous fit of rage at their apartment on Sherman Avenue in Inwood on April 27.

The bodies of the two women were discovered by police when a neighbor noticed blood pooling out from under the apartment door.

Valdez was arrested later that day and appeared in court Tuesday indicted on two counts of first-degree murder. 

The alleged killer, who authorities said had a history of violence toward his girlfriend and was arrested back in 2013 for stabbing a man multiple times with a kitchen knife, pleaded not guilty on both counts. 

A jealous man high on cocaine has confessed to stabbing his lover and her roommate to death in their Manhattan apartment because she told him she didn’t love him, according to court documents. Kelvin Valdez pictured appearing in court Tuesday 

Authorities on the scene of the double murder in April. Kelvin Valdez, 27, of Inwood, is accused of murdering Jaslynn Pena, 37, and her 51-year-old roommate, Belkis Cruz, in a jealous fit of rage at their apartment on Sherman Avenue in Inwood on April 27

Authorities on the scene of the double murder in April. Kelvin Valdez, 27, of Inwood, is accused of murdering Jaslynn Pena, 37, and her 51-year-old roommate, Belkis Cruz, in a jealous fit of rage at their apartment on Sherman Avenue in Inwood on April 27

Court papers, filed Tuesday and obtained by NY Daily News, showed Valdez confessed on tape to committing the grisly double murder less than 12 hours after his arrest on April 27. 

The 27-year-old allegedly told cops he stabbed the two women because Pena had told him she wanted to leave him.  

‘Jaslynn wanted to leave me,’ Valdez allegedly told detectives at the 34th Precinct station.

‘I stabbed her because she didn’t want to be with me.’ 

Valdez said he first attacked her roommate Cruz before then slashing his girlfriend, documents show. 

‘[Pena] tried to push me away, I took out the knife. I stabbed the lady [Cruz],’ he allegedly recalled. 

‘Jaslynn started screaming for help. She told me to leave, we talked, we started to argue, she told me she didn’t love [me]. I stabbed her, too.’

In the taped confession, Valdez admitted to killing the two women, before trying to clean up after the attack and fleeing down the fire escape. 

‘The other woman tried to tell me to leave. I stabbed the older woman first. I stabbed Jaslynn second. I stabbed both of them,’ Valdez allegedly said.  

‘I went into the bathroom and washed the blood up, I went out the fire escape. I tried to clean up.’ 

Valdez appeared in court Tuesday indicted on two counts of first-degree murder (above)

Valdez appeared in court Tuesday indicted on two counts of first-degree murder (above)

The alleged killer pleaded not guilty on both counts. He was ordered to be held without bail

The alleged killer pleaded not guilty on both counts. He was ordered to be held without bail

The suspect also confessed that he had bought two knives the day before to carry out the attack, the documents show.  

Police were called to the apartment building around 10am on the morning of April 27. 

The building’s super had called 911 after a neighbor reported hearing screams from the apartment and noticed blood seeping under the door into the hallway.

The super told NBC New York he had knocked on the door and a voice told him everything was fine. 

It is not clear if this was the killer or one of the victims whose voice he reportedly heard.

Police arrived on the scene and broke into the apartment to find the two women unresponsive with multiple stab wounds.  

One of the victims was lying facedown with stab wounds to her neck, stomach, and face while the other was lying on her back, with slashes to her stomach, arms and neck. 

The bodies of the two women were discovered by police when a neighbor noticed blood pooling out from under the apartment door (pictured)

The bodies of the two women were discovered by police when a neighbor noticed blood pooling out from under the apartment door (pictured)

Valdez was arrested later that day and allegedly confessed to the double murder, telling cops: 'I stabbed her because she didn't want to be with me'

Valdez was arrested later that day and allegedly confessed to the double murder, telling cops: ‘I stabbed her because she didn’t want to be with me’

The scene of the grisly murders on April 27. Valdez said he first attacked her roommate Cruz before then slashing his girlfriend, documents show

The scene of the grisly murders on April 27. Valdez said he first attacked her roommate Cruz before then slashing his girlfriend, documents show

The two women were rushed to hospital where they were both pronounced dead from their injuries. 

Police located Valdez just 45 minutes after the brutal stabbing spree less than one block from the crime scene.

He was found in possession of cocaine, a knife, Cruz’s cell phone and five bottles of prescription medication, according to police. 

Valdez was arrested and charged with murder and weapon possession. 

Police said Valdez had a history of physical violence with Pena.

In July 2013, Valdez was arrested after stabbing a man several times during an argument, according to court documents.

One of the victims was lying facedown with stab wounds to her neck, stomach, and face while the other was lying on her back, with slashes to her stomach, arms and neck

One of the victims was lying facedown with stab wounds to her neck, stomach, and face while the other was lying on her back, with slashes to her stomach, arms and neck

Crime scene tape fenced off the apartment building where the two women had lived together for many years

Crime scene tape fenced off the apartment building where the two women had lived together for many years  

Police said Valdez had a history of violence toward Pena and was also arrested back in 2013 for stabbing a man multiple times with a kitchen knife

Police said Valdez had a history of violence toward Pena and was also arrested back in 2013 for stabbing a man multiple times with a kitchen knife

Valdez allegedly told investigators he was ‘so angry’ he couldn’t remember how many times he stabbed the man.

His relationship to that alleged victim – known only as Chris – is not known. 

‘We started arguing, he came up to me. He grabbed a chair and hit me with it. I picked up a knife in the kitchen and stabbed him,’ he said, according to Daily News.

‘A kitchen knife. I don’t remember how many times I stabbed him. I was so angry in the moment.’  

Pena and Cruz women had lived together for a number of years, shocked neighbors told Daily News back in April. 

Cruz owned the apartment in Inwood and started renting a room to Pena after the 37-year-old moved out from living with Valdez and the 51-year-old had gone through a divorce. 

Cruz’s brother Vincio Cruz told ABC7 his sister had recently fallen in love and was planning to get married when she was murdered.   

Valdez was ordered to be held without bail Tuesday. He is scheduled to next appear in court in September. 


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