Police Raid Home of Confessed Etan Patz Killer Pedro Hernandez

By Irene Plagianos and Alan Neuhauser  on June 7, 2012 9:29am

Pedro Hernandez, 67, told authorities on May 23, 2012 that he killed Etan Patz in 1979.
Pedro Hernandez, 67, told authorities on May 23, 2012 that he killed Etan Patz in 1979.
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NEW YORK — Police reportedly raided the New Jersey home of confessed Etan Patz killer Pedro Hernandez Wednesday, seizing his daughter’s computer and hard drive.

NYPD and New Jersey cops descended on Hernandez’s house in Maple Shade, N.J., about 4 p.m., authorized by search warrants to take computers and a data storage device, according to multiple reports.

It was unclear why police were interested in his 23-year-old daughter’s computer.

Hernandez, 51, recently confessed to killing Patz, 6, while working at a SoHo bodega in 1979. Hernandez’s lawyer and family, however, have insisted that he suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and hallucinations. He was being held in the psychiatric ward at Bellevue Hospital, and law enforcement authorities were awaiting the results of a psychiatric evaluation.

Hernandez's wife, Rosemary, said she is convinced that her husband's confession is "false."

This week she hired lawyer Robert Gottlieb, who told DNAinfo that Rosemary Hernandez "firmly believes that the confession is unreliable and false."

Gottlieb, however, declined to comment as to whether she thinks her husband, who allegedly told police that he strangled Patz in the basement of West Broadway bodega, is innocent.

Hernandez's confession and subsequent arrest in the Patz case have been met with skepticism by some, including the boy's own parents. Police have reportedly found little to no physical evidence to corroborate Hernandez's story, and investigators have been dogged by questions regarding Hernandez's mental state.

Earlier this week, Rosemary said her husband has for years "suffered from delusions and other mental illnesses," Gottlieb said. She hired a lawyer to make sure the "district attorney understands the severity of her husband’s mental illness," the attorney added.

Hernandez was ordered held without bail and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before his next court appearance on June 25. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Rosemary Hernandez, wife of Pedro Hernandez, leaving the family's home in Maple Shade, N.J. on May 24, 2012.
Rosemary Hernandez, wife of Pedro Hernandez, leaving the family's home in Maple Shade, N.J. on May 24, 2012.
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