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Suspect known as ‘Monster’ accused of fatally stabbing her bride-to-be neighbor days before wedding

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Feb. 3 2022, Published 9:06 a.m. ET

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A New York City woman known in her apartment building as “Monster” is accused of fatally stabbing a bride-to-be just days before she was to be married police said.

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On Jan. 22, officers from the New York City Police Department responded to a report of a stabbing at the Sand Castle complex in Far Rockaway, Queens, The New York Daily News reported.

According to the NYPD, Evelyn Cruz, 48, allegedly fatally stabbed 33-year-old Jessica Britt in front of her fiancée, Elizabeth Blue, in the building’s lobby shortly before midnight.

The pair had just returned home after they were out celebrating job offers when Cruz allegedly ambushed the couple, who she had been in a two-year dispute with, according to reports.

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"I'm still waiting for her to walk in the door," Blue said of Britt. "[Cruz] deserves to rot in jail. The whole time I've been living in this building, everybody called her 'Monster.'"

Cruz, who was charged with murder and possession of a weapon on Jan. 29, has a history of violence in the building.

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“They don’t call me a monster for nothing,” Cruz boasted while allegedly threatening one of her neighbors last June, the Daily News reported, citing police.

In 2019, Cruz pleaded guilty to slashing a woman who lived in the building, according to the Daily News.

“She said, ‘I’m going to cut your pretty face b---h,’ and the next thing you know I just see blood coming down my neck,” Alise Brown, 32, said of the wound that required 10 stitches to close. “The doctor said I’m lucky I got to the hospital in time because I could have died.”

“I warned [building management], I begged them, I was shaking,” Brown said. “Everybody knew something like this was going to happen.”

Philip Thomas, a 47-year-old resident in the 917-unit complex, called Cruz “an ongoing issue that should have been handled a long, long, long time ago.”

“I’ve told them that no one’s going to do something until someone is killed.”


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