Bronx woman was brutally attacked with machete by ex after filing order of protection and moving out from him (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT)
A young New Jersey woman was brutally attacked by her abusive ex-partner with a machete after she moved to the Bronx trying to escape from him.
Lisbeth Acosta went into relationships with her boyfriend Delacruz three years ago and a year after the couple had a child. Now when the woman has become 20 she has an order of protection from the father of her son.
Acosta's family point out that their relationship could hardly be called happy and easy. Two months ago, a month after she filed a protective order in Paterson, N.J. Acosta with her 2-year-old daughter moved out of the home she shared with the boyfriend. Police reports say that during the whole period of their relations Delacruz had been arrested multiple times for domestic violence.
Acosta’s father recalls, “She thought maybe because they had a daughter things would get better. But after a while she couldn’t take it anymore.”
But the previous case of the man’s aggression against Acosta obviously has nothing to do with his last attack on her. Even the order of protection didn’t save the woman from the indescribably cruel slash with a machete when the ex-boy struck her on Friday at about 9:15 p.m.
Acosta was returning home after graduating from a course she was taking in the Bronx to become a home health aide when the violence took place.
Delacruz was waiting for a few hours in the lobby, just standing outside the door of her new apartment in the Grand Concourse building near E. 196th St. When the victim appeared he struck her with a machete and sliced her across the face down to the bone, hacked her in the back of her head and right hand as she tried to escape.
“She was laying there, there was blood everywhere,” one neighbor said. The neighbor and others saw the man but didn’t know who he was and what he was doing there.
Acosta was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The blow was so forceful so she had to undergo an eight-hour surgery while the doctors at St. Barnabas Hospital were trying to reconstruct her jaw and mouth. She remains in the hospital in stable condition pending one more surgery on her arm.
“We’re hoping that God does his work and that she gets better,” the victim’s aunt, Lina Tejeda said. “She’s stable right now . . . We hope God will let her recover.”
Acosta’s little daughter, Kayla, is now staying with her grandmother.
Delacruz was arrested shortly after the attack and charged with attempted murder, assault and weapons possession. He is awaiting arraignment while hospitalized at North Central Bronx Hospital. Police didn’t clarify what he had been hospitalized for.
“We love her a lot," Acosta’s aunt said. “We’re confiding in God that there will be justice. Because the divine justice doesn’t fail."