“Oh my God, how did you get back into the country?” Amanda Dabrowski asked her attacker right before he stabbed her 15-20 times according to witnesses.
Dabrowski was brutally murdered last week in a Worcester, Mass. restaurant where she was meeting fellow members of her book club. The alleged killer, Carlos Asencio, 28, of Derry, N.H., was her ex-boyfriend and is a citizen of the United States. Police confirmed that Asencio had fled the U.S. to Canada, and then to Mexico earlier this year after attacking Dabrowski with a stun gun and attempting to stab her in April. During that incident, Dabrowksi "stabbed Ascencio with a vape pen, grabbed a bottle of alcohol and broke it over his head" before pushing her assailant out of a window. He then escaped and had not been seen since.
According to court documents, authorities were unaware that Ascencio was back in the U.S. and it is unclear how he re-entered the country (via the Boston Globe)
"United States Border Patrol confirmed to police that Asencio had crossed the border into Canada from Vermont and then flown to Cancun, Mexico, arriving before 5 p.m. Easter afternoon, according to the report.
Authorities at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport found the car Asencio had been driving, and police in Bow, N.H., found a bag with Dabrowski’s cellphone, two knives, duct tape, handcuffs, and .380 bullets.
A warrant was issued for his arrest on charges of assault with intent to murder.
Asked how Asencio was able to reenter the United States without being arrested, despite the outstanding warrant, a spokesman for Customs and Border Protection told the Globe he could not comment.
Ascencio's attorneys claim the man has been suffering from depression and other psychotic episodes, such as two suicide attempts within the past two years. He is currently being held in "Bridgewater (Mass.) State Hospital to undergo a 20-day mental health evaluation following his arraignment in Central District Court in Worcester on Friday," according to the Union Leader.
WORCESTER: A psychologist says 28y/o Carlos Asencio was hearing voices in his head, & that he suffers from depression. Asencio is accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend 31y/o Amanda Dabrowski to death while she was at a book club meeting at O’Connor’s on Wednesday night. @boston25 pic.twitter.com/no8IexLOby— Malini Basu (@WFXTMalini) July 5, 2019
The attack occurred on Wednesday, July 3, when Asencio entered O’Connor’s Restaurant & Bar on West Boylston Street in Worcester. Multiple men jumped into action to detain Ascensio and hold him until police could arrive. One of the men, Allan Corson Jr., was stabbed in the thigh but is expected to recover.
Ascencio has pleaded not guilty to "a murder charge along with charges of armed assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace." His next court appearance will be on July 25.