NYC police officers suspended amid questions over response

  • NYC police officers suspended amid questions over response

NYC police officers suspended amid questions over response

Two NYPD officers have been suspended after it emerged they allegedly failed to even leave their patrol auto when they responded to a chilling 911 call to check on a pregnant young woman was found strangled to death an hour later.

The NYPD officers, identified as Wael Jaber and Wing Hong Lau, were initially dispatched to the home of Tonie Wells, 22, on the morning of December 27 - before her body was found and her husband was arrested for her death.

Sources told PIX11 news that Wells and her husband had a history of domestic violence and that police were called to the home at least once before.

But instead of entering the home, the cops remained in their patrol vehicle and then drove off.

The cops - who were suspended without pay - are claiming that they thought they only had to check on the outside of the home, the sources said.

"They didn't even go up to the house", the source said. She was discovered with strangulation wounds at the bottom of a stairwell.

"We found her body. Also, we were searching for her", said the neighbor, who declined to give her name.

Tonie Wells
NYC police officers suspended amid questions over response

Neighbors were reportedly alerted to a disturbance at the residence after hearing the victim's young child crying. It wasn't until a different pair of officers responded to a second 911 call that Wells' body was found at the bottom of the basement staircase around 10 a.m.

Hours after the fact, Barry Wells, who has been hitched to the lady for about nine months, was caught. He was expected to be charged Thursday.

NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau launched an investigation into the suspended police officers.

The NYPD said the incident was under review. The points of interest of those occurrences were not promptly known.

It's possible this was the case with Wells, whereas the officers may not have believed there was a clear and present danger.

"Rest in peace delightful God Got an Angel", one analyst composed.