A New York man is accused of fatally stabbing his wife just hours before a party for their son’s eighth birthday, police said.
On Nov. 20 around 4:30 p.m., Sayed Nasir, 38, violated a court order to stay away from his estranged wife of 13 years, Nazeefa D. Tahir, 33, when he went to a Depew home, where she had been living with her son, sister and brother-in-law, The Buffalo News reported.
Nasir allegedly broke in and used a knife to attack Tahir, who died after she was repeatedly stabbed in what Erie County District Attorney John Flynn Jr. called an “awful” crime.
“The brother-in-law was upstairs in the home, and he heard a scream,” Flynn said. “When he went downstairs, he found the victim lying on the floor with blood coming out of her mouth.”
The brother-in-law allegedly spotted Nasir outside and gave chase, but the suspect drove off before he could catch up with him.
According to authorities, at the time of the murder, the victim’s son and sister were out shopping in preparation for the boy’s party that was scheduled for later that evening.
Amherst police pulled over Nasir several hours after the attack and took him into custody. The suspect, who came to America from Afghanistan with Tahir in 2013, pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder, burglary and aggravated criminal contempt. He is being held without bail.
Nasir has a record of domestic violence, and he was on probation at the time of the murder in connection to an incident involving Tahir last May, WKBW-TV reported. “He was prosecuted and pleaded guilty on two separate occasions before this incident,” Flynn noted.
In addition to the charges he now faces, on Nov. 22, Nasir was arraigned for violating probation.