Man who killed spouse in Queens salon hugged her after deadly stabbing


The person who stabbed his estranged Queens salon employee spouse to demise was seen on video standing over her with the knife after which hugging her earlier than he was arrested and charged with homicide.

Video obtained by The Submit reveals William Rivas, 39, laying on high of his bleeding estranged spouse, 35-year-old Carmen Iris Santiago, after stabbing her repeatedly round 7 p.m. Wednesday contained in the Jackson Heights store.

“We tried to get him off of her however his energy was higher than ours,” defined Tu S’tilo Salon SPA proprietor Lourdes Salazar, by way of tears. “After which he tried stabbing us.”

The footage later reveals plainclothes law enforcement officials arriving on the scene and pulling Rivas away from his dying spouse as bystanders look on, some even videotaping the tragic aftermath.

Santiago, a mom of two boys who additionally goes by the identify Iris Rodriguez, was rushed to Elmhurst Common Hospital, however couldn’t be saved.

Lourdes Salazar, owner of the Tu Stilo Salon and Spa
Lourdes Salazar, proprietor of the Tu Stilo Salon and SpaEllis Kaplan

A memorial was arrange Thursday at Santiago’s work station throughout the salon, the place co-workers positioned a framed {photograph} of the lady, surrounded by candles, in addition to a bouquet of white and purple roses, a cross and a wreath of white flowers.

A second dedication was organized outdoors the shop, the place the identical framed image was positioned on high of a donation field and lined with extra candles and flowers.

Santiago and Rivas just lately had separated after a 15-year marriage, Salazar added.

The salon proprietor’s son, 21-year-old Freddy Chavez, described Santiago as a “single guardian” who got here to the nation from the Dominican Republic about 5 years in the past.

“Iris, she was a extremely good individual, she was very caring,” he mentioned. “They all the time discuss how good of a mom she was, being a single guardian, coming to this nation. She put them (her youngsters) first.”

Rivas — who was hospitalized following the stabbing for an harm he suffered through the assault — was charged Thursday with homicide and legal possession of a weapon.

He has no legal historical past with the NYPD and there’s no documented historical past of home incidents between the couple.