LOWER EAST SIDE — A Brooklyn man who was shot five times in the torso by police officers has been indicted for violently attacking and stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her apartment in January, prosecutors said.
Brian Quattrocchi, 37, has been charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, attempted assault and assault in New York State Supreme Court in connection with the Jan. 27 incident, according to a press release issued by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Thursday afternoon.
Quattrocchi plead not guilty, according to his attorney, Taylor Koss of Everett & Everett.
Police opened fire on Quattrocchi after officers forced their way into the Vladeck Houses apartment where his ex-girlfriend lived and found him holding a serrated knife to her neck, according to the NYPD.
Before the police arrived, Quattrocchi hit her, knocked his ex to the ground and kicked her “prone body,” according to the indictment and statements made in court. When she escaped to another room, he barricaded the front door of the apartment and followed her into the bathroom, the district attorney’s office said in the release.
Quattrocchi ignored officers’ orders to drop the knife and instead began threatening them and stabbing his ex-girlfriend in the chest repeatedly before the police fired non-fatal shots to the torso and arm, according to the district attorney’s office.
Quattrocchi also attacked the victim and struck her in the face 10 days earlier after she asked him to leave, according to a criminal complaint, the release said.
“Domestic violence is rarely a one-time occurrence. As alleged in this case, the defendant assaulted his ex-girlfriend inside her apartment, and a little more than one week later, went back to the apartment to wage an even more violent attack, beating and stabbing her while attempting to prevent law enforcement officials from coming to the victim’s aid,” said Manhattan District Attorney Vance in a statement.
“Thanks to the bravery of responding officers, this individual was stopped before he was able to do even more harm to this victim or others.”
Quattrocchi's attorney however, denied the chain of events described by the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.
"It’s really not as open and shut as they’re making it seem at all," he said. "It’s an extremely convoluted situation."
The victim, Koss said, wanted to keep Quattrocchi in her life and invited him into her apartment. In the incident that took place 10 days before he was arrested, it was the ex-girlfriend who attacked Quattrocchi, Koss added.
"[Quattrocchi] walked out of the apartment bleeding. For whatever reason, she chose to report the exact opposite," he said.
Quattrocchi was remanded without bail, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. His next court appearance is May 7, Koss said.