By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Former Con Ed employee Trevial Terry was indicted last Thursday for stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her office and then attacking two of his co-workers with an ax inside the Con Edison building where he worked. Terry, 40, has been charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, as well as multiple counts of assault and attempted assault in the first degree and attempted assault in the second degree.
According to court records, Terry followed his 36-year-old ex-girlfriend to the Upper East Side building where she worked on June 22 at 2:25 p.m. and after he was allowed into the building’s lobby, stabbed her with a knife at least six times in the abdomen, side and buttocks. The Daily News reported at the time of his arrest that he and the victim, Alicia Sylvia, were in the middle of a custody battle over their child. She was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.
About 20 minutes after the incident on the Upper East Side, police said that he entered the Con Edison building on Irving Place near Union Square where he was employed as a commercial service representative at the Department of Energy Services, and demanded to see one of his supervisors. When the manager couldn’t be found, Terry allegedly attacked a different manager with an ax and cut a second manager who tried to intervene. He was eventually stopped by security personnel and other employees, who were able to detain him until police arrived. The two victims, as well as Terry, were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
“All too often, domestic violence spills into the workplace – with devastating consequences for victims, their colleagues and their employers,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said of the incident. “As this alleged rampage illustrates, when a victim of domestic violence leaves a relationship, the workplace may be the first place their abuser comes looking. In fact, one-third of all women killed in U.S. workplaces between 2003 and 2008 were killed by a current or former intimate partner. No workplace is immune to domestic violence, and all companies should have proactive mechanisms in place to support victims, provide them with services, and keep them safe.”
The suspect’s name is reported as Terry Trevial in court documents but Con Edison clarified that his name is actually Trevial Terry.