The Associated Press
NEW YORK — An off-duty detective who had been chatting with a condominium building receptionist in the lobby shot and killed one of two men who slashed them with razor blades or broken glass during a robbery attempt, police said.
The desk clerk, Artenida Gjeli, had called the detective, Martin Carrano, to her Manhattan building Wednesday night to discuss harassing telephone calls she'd received from an ex-boyfriend, police said. They were discussing the case around 10:30 p.m. when two men entered the lobby of the six-story residential building in Chinatown and asked if there were rooms for rent.
When Gjeli, of Lodi, N.J., told the men they weren't in a hotel, they jumped the detective and slashed his head, police Commissioner
Ray Kelly said. The muggers then hurtled over the reception desk and began mauling Gjeli, he said.
"She slid to the floor and attempted to fight her assailants as they continued to slash her with sharp objects," Kelly said.
The detective, a 20-year veteran who knew Gjeli through earlier work on her harassment complaints against her ex-boyfriend, drew his gun and "ended the assault" by firing about 10 shots, hitting both attackers, police said.
One attacker was hit in the abdomen and died at the scene. The other was wounded in the abdomen and right arm and was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in stable condition Thursday. Police didn't reveal the men's identities.
The 39-year-old detective needed stitches to close cuts on his head and neck, and the 28-year-old receptionist was hospitalized for cuts to her left hand, right leg and face. Their injuries weren't considered life-threatening.
The woman's relatives said that the thugs had "tried to kill her" and that the detective had "saved her life."
"They stabbed her in the face and leg," uncle Musa Gjeli said. "She's lucky."
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