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Husband Charged With Stabbing Wife to Death in Staten Island

By Paul DeBenedetto | November 13, 2012 11:49am | Updated on November 13, 2012 1:38pm
  Jonathan Crupi was arrested for the alleged murder of his wife Simeonette Mapes in July.
Jonathan Crupi was arrested for the alleged murder of his wife Simeonette Mapes in July.
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STATEN ISLAND — The husband of a city teacher found stabbed to death in her New Springville apartment in July has been charged with her murder, officials said.

Jonathan Crupi was taken into custody Tuesday just before 8:30 a.m. at a house on 66th Street in Dyker Heights for allegedly stabbing his wife, Simeonette Mapes, to death in their Forest Hill Road apartment on July 5, police said.

He was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

Cops responded to 1446 Forest Hills that afternoon after Crupi called 911 to report the stabbing, police said at the time. He told authorities he found her in the entryway of their home.

By the time emergency responders arrived at the home, which is near the Latourette golf course, Mapes was already dead, officials said.

Mapes and Crupi both taught at the School for Classics and Academy of Thinkers, Writers and Performers in East New York, Brooklyn, where Mapes was a social studies teacher and Crupi taught English.

In July, Mapes' parents told the Staten Island Advance that they wanted justice for their daughter.

"My daughter deserves for her murderer to be caught," Theresa Mapes told the newspaper. "She deserves that. She was a good girl. She took care of everyone. She never did a bad thing in her life.

"So I want justice for my daughter, and I want Staten Island to know that there is a murderer out there," she added. "I mean a cold-blooded murderer."