NASSAU COUNTY, NY (The New York Post) – A Belmont Park stable hand was fatally stabbed by her former boyfriend as she was walking a horse at the famed Nassau County racetrack early Sunday, authorities said.
The worker — identified by police sources as Maria Larin — was cooling down racehorse Our American Star following a workout around 6:30 a.m. when former flame José Franco-Martinez ran up to her in a barn and allegedly knifed her multiple times, according to law-enforcement sources.
The spooked horse took off at a gallop, alerting Belmont security that something was wrong.
“Security became alarmed because the horse became free at that point,” said Detective Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, head of the Nassau County Homicide Squad. “So when they came responding to see what happened to the horse . . . they discovered [Larin] with multiple stab wounds.”
Franco-Martinez was nabbed outside the barn by a group of stable hands and a New York Racing Association guard, who held him until cops arrived, according to authorities.
“We’ve come to determine that this is not a random act,” Fitzpatrick said. “This is a targeted incident.”
Track security gave Larin first aid and emergency responders …
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