NY police: Woman hid in closet to ambush rival

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Posted: Apr 18, 2011 12:25 PM
NY police: Woman hid in closet to ambush rival

New York police say a woman with a carving knife broke into the home of her husband's girlfriend and apparently was lying in wait in her closet when she was arrested.

A police report says 47-year-old Lizbeth Hernandez, of Middletown, N.Y., broke a window Saturday to get into the girlfriend's condo. Neighbors spotted her and called police in Peekskill, 40 miles north of New York City.

Police say they found Hernandez under a pile of clothing in a closet. They say she had brought in the knife, duct tape and surgical gloves.

Peekskill Police Chief Eugene Tumolo (TOO'-muh-loh) said Monday that the witnesses who called police prevented violence.

Hernandez has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief. She is represented by Legal Aid, which did not immediately return a call.