The girlfriend of the crazed killer who gunned down Officer Miosotis Familia broke her silence Monday, describing how she desperately tried to get her boyfriend help as he spiraled into madness before the fatal shooting.
“I didn’t know it could end violently,” she told the New York Times. “I wish I could have done more.”
The girlfriend — who spoke on the condition of anonymity — said she tried to tell him that his growing paranoia over car headlights and passers-by was all in his head.
She said she begged him to go to a hospital, called 911 and even tried to flag down police cars and ambulances.
But for all her efforts, his fractured mind could not be mended. He became more and more obsessed with finding an enemy who he said was out to get him.
On the night of July 4, after walking around the Bronx with Bonds, they went their separate ways in cabs, according to the Times.
“Do you trust me?” she recalled him saying to her before she blew him a kiss and headed home.
About an hour later, around 12:30 a.m. the next day, Bonds pointed a stolen .38-caliber revolver at a mobile police station and fired one shot.
That bullet struck Officer Familia in the head. The 48-year-old mother of three died a few hours later at St. Barnabas Hospital.
Police responding to the horrific scene fatally shot Bonds.
The girlfriend said she and Bonds had dated for six months before the shooting. She said the relationship started off ideal — and at some point she even thought it might lead to marriage.
She was teaching him to read so he could earn a G.E.D.
She admired his principles, noting how he was disgusted at one point when a neighbor left town and other people in their building looted the belongings left behind.
But the girlfriend said Bonds was hung up on his time in prison. He served eight years for robbery. And he fumed about law enforcement on his Facebook page.
She said his descent into madness began with a phone call on June 30.
She told the Times that Bonds’ pal had called him to say that “a rumor was going around that an old friend had a problem with him.”
Bonds obsessed over the call. Soon he was muttering to himself and going outside their apartment to check if someone was after him.
Soon Bonds’ paranoia made him distrust the girlfriend.
“He thought I had something to do with it, that his enemy had me date him in order to destroy him,” she said.
The girlfriend searched Google for information on schizophrenia and then went with Bonds to see his psychiatrist at a clinic.
But the wait was too long, so the clinic called an ambulance to take him to St. Barnabas.
The girlfriend told the Times that the police officers who arrived with the ambulance treated Bonds respectfully.
At the hospital he was given a sedative to sleep. When he awoke, he was stable and was discharged, the girlfriend said.
But the paranoia returned a day later.
Bonds believed someone was living in the empty apartment next door and that the person was going to harm him and rape his girlfriend, according to the Times.
The girlfriend tried to schedule an appointment at the clinic, but none were available until July 10. His psychiatric medication was also past the expiration date, she said, so he didn’t take it.
By July 3, his condition had worsened. Passing cars alarmed him. He wanted to be alone out of fear that his unnamed enemy would hurt his loved ones.
“He felt like a target, and he didn’t want anyone to go down with him,” the girlfriend told the Times.
The next day proceeded with aimless cab rides and the girlfriend making frantic phone calls to 911.
In some instances, Bonds would grab the phone and end the call. The girlfriend said at one point she waved down a cop car but Bonds hid from the officers.
“You called the cops? I can’t be seen with no cops. If I do, it’s game over for me,” the girlfriend recalled Bonds telling her later.
Finally, babbling to himself, Bonds insisted that he take a cab alone to find his imaginary enemy. That was the last time the girlfriend saw him.
She told the Times that Bonds had not been violent and she didn’t know he had a weapon with him when he left.
“I would not have allowed that — I would have wrestled him for the gun,” she said.