Officers break down door, save slashed woman
Officers of the NYPD's 68th Precinct broke through a door to stop a violent attack against an elderly woman over the weekend, investigators say.
When Officer Michael Pascale and his colleagues arrived, an armed intruder had already slashed a 70-year-old woman's neck.
Responding officers heard the commotion and forced their way through the third-floor apartment door. Police have charged Luis Hernandez, 42, in connection with the attack. They say they used a stun gun to subdue him so officers could save the victim's life.
Pascale used an emergency blood-clotting kit to stanch the blood flowing from the woman's neck, he says. She later received 30 stitches.
"When someone receives a deep laceration or a deep wound, you have to stuff the wound as much as possible to help heal it," the officer explains.
Still, he had never used the blood-clotting agent before, he says.
"I just realized that I had to really utilize this, and time was of the utmost essence," Pascale says. "Or she was going to bleed out in front of us."