Staten Island Man Stabs Wife Then Jumps Off Verrazano Bridge, Police Say

By Nicholas Rizzi on July 14, 2014 10:55am 

 A Staten Island man Brian Helfer, 47, stabbed his wife Ana Helfer, 51, in the torso twice. He then drove to the Verrazano Bridge and jumped to his death, police said.
A Staten Island man Brian Helfer, 47, stabbed his wife Ana Helfer, 51, in the torso twice. He then drove to the Verrazano Bridge and jumped to his death, police said.
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WILLOWBROOK — A Staten Island man stabbed his wife twice before driving to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and jumping to his death on Sunday morning, police said.

Brian Helfer, 47, stabbed his wife Ana Helfer, 51, twice in her torso at 8:36 a.m. in their Croft Place home, police said.

A Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority officer spotted a car owned by the couple on the Brooklyn-bound upper-level of the Verrazano around 8:43 a.m. and a witness saw a man who fit Brian Helfer's description jump off, police said.

The Coast Guard found his body and transported him to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

His wife was also taken to Staten Island University Hospital North where she remains in critical condition, police said.

Police did not know what sparked the violence and said an investigation was ongoing.

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