Documents shed light on harrowing effort to save mother, children; Duanesburg murder case sent to grand jury

An evidence technician at the scene Thursday
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An evidence technician at the scene Thursday

DUANESBURG – The Duanesburg mother who was stabbed to death inside her home last week was still alert and conscious when first responders arrived at the scene, but authorities were unable to glean much information about the heinous attack, according to court documents filed in the case.

Alexandria Bustamante Gomez, 37, was able to speak with rescuers, but only in basic English, due to a language barrier, documents revealed.  She was, however, able to convey at least one piece of information on her children – there were two present in the home at the time of the attack.

Initial reports had suggested as many as three children there and injured, the paramedic’s statement read.

“She voiced to us that there were only 2 children in the house,” according to a paramedic’s statement to police investigators.

Paramedics got Gomez into the ambulance and off to the hospital as fast as they could, but she succumbed to her injuries some time after she arrived at the hospital.

Authorities say Gomez and her children were attacked by her husband and the children’s father, 47-year-old Nelson Patino just after 9 p.m. Dec. 1. He’s currently in jail without bail on two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder.

The case against Nelson Patino is now heading directly to a Schenectady County grand jury, after his preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for Tuesday evening was waived.

While the documents filed in the case shed light on the response of law enforcement and paramedics, they provide little additional insight on why or how Nelson Patino could have committed such acts.

Killed in the attack at 6826 Duanesburg Road were 5-year-old Jacob Patino, a Duanesburg kindergartner described by a teacher as a role model with the sweetest smile, and Jacob’s 37-year-old mother, Gomez. Gomez also was known as Sor Bustamante and Sor Patino, records show. Her first name is also spelled Alexandra Bustamante Gomez.

Surviving the attack was Gomez’ 2-year-old son – Jacob’s brother – Anthony Patino. He was taken to Albany Medical Center and was last listed in stable condition.

A language barrier between the first arriving deputy and Nelson Patino prevented the deputy from understanding any additional statements from the accused killer beyond the call that led him and all the other first responders there: The 911 call authorities have said Nelson Patino made where he allegedly told dispatchers he’d stabbed his family.

The deputy arrived and made contact with Patino.

“Suspect exited the front of the residence and I made contact with him, giving commands to prone out on the ground immediately and place his hands behind his back,” the deputy’s statement read. “Suspect indicated that he did not speak English and indicated when asked that he spoke Spanish and was unable to respond to any other commands.”

The deputy relayed to dispatch that he had the suspect at gunpoint.

A state trooper arrived and assisted in securing Patino in a patrol car. The deputy then proceeded inside and found Gomez lying in the foyer. She’d been stabbed in the chest.

The trooper tended to her as the deputy continued on. He found Jacob unresponsive in the kitchen and a kitchen knife nearby. Responding paramedics worked furiously to save Jacob’s life, but Jacob’s injuries were too severe. He died at the scene.

The deputy also made contact with 2-year-old Anthony. The child was audibly crying. The deputy immediately got Anthony out of the house and turned him over to another responding trooper.

The deputy and first trooper then got back to Jacob. They soon turned over their efforts to arriving paramedics.

The deputy then searched the home further and discovered a second knife in an upstairs bathroom. Nelson Patino is formally accused of using two separate knifes in the attacks, a kitchen knife and a small folding knife.

Nelson Patino remained held at the Schenectady County Jail Monday without bail.

Contact reporter Steven Cook at: 518-395-3122 or scook@dailygazette.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ByStevenCook or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ByStevenCook.

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