Pregnant Woman Drove From Florida to New Jersey, Murdered Sister. Was The Tragedy Preventable?
A woman has been charged with killing her younger sister after they had a dispute over money.
A family is reeling after they say police didn’t do enough to stop a 27-year-old Florida woman from killing her 21-year-old sister in New Jersey.
Tony Miranda called police in Jacksonville on March 21 to report that his fiance, Angielly Dominguez, had stolen five of his guns and his white Ford Mustang and was headed to New Jersey.
Dominguez, who is pregnant with a baby girl due in July, was released from a hospital on March 18 following a Baker Act admission, which allows someone to seek emergency mental health treatment for someone else. A doctor reportedly deemed her stable enough to be released on March 19.
According to WJXT, officers classified the allegedly stolen guns and vehicle as a civil matter and told Miranda it wasn’t necessarily theft because he and Dominguez were in a long-term relationship.
Miranda reportedly tracked his fiance via her phone’s GPS and watched as she traveled north towards her family home in New Jersey, which is 934 miles from Jacksonville. When Dominguez reached the New Jersey Turnpike, Miranda called his sister Gretchen Domenech who lives in New Jersey, and she alerted local authorities about Dominguez.
According to reports, the police in New Jersey did not act on the tip.
A Deadly Confrontation
Dominguez arrived at her sister’s Little Ferry, New Jersey, home, but on the afternoon of March 22 an argument allegedly broke out over money.
21-year-old Omelly Dominguez reportedly refused to give her older sister money for a hotel, and that’s when Angielly Dominguez allegedly pulled a gun and shot her behind her left ear.
The sisters’ teenage brother was home at the time of the shooting and told police he heard a gunshot, walked into the living room, and saw the older sister stare back at him for a moment before fleeing the home. Omelly Dominguez died at the scene from her injury.
The younger sister was a junior at William Paterson University, where she was studying to become a nurse. She would have graduated in 2023.
Police immediately issued a BOLO for the white Mustang that Angielly Dominguez was traveling in, but it took almost two hours before a state trooper spotted her on the New Jersey Turnpike outside of Mount Laurel.
She reportedly pulled over when the officer initiated a traffic stop, and a search of the vehicle allegedly recovered the five handguns that Miranda had reported stolen.
Dominguez was arrested, and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office charged her with first-degree murder for killing her sister. She is also facing weapons charges and a charge for hindering her own arrest.
Authorities in New Jersey and Florida said they are opening internal investigations into why warnings about the armed woman weren’t taken seriously by officers.