From first grade I think, all the way through junior high at McKinley. He grew up on Oliver Street in Bay Ridge where I hung out and grew up. We played lots of street hockey together.
The first time I heard the name Howard Stern was from Peter. His house was always warm and smelled like Spanish rice. He had a few younger sisters. He was always very quiet but definitely had a temper; a silent rage that would sometimes boil over. We played baseball together, too. He pitched and he was good.
The one time I went over his house after school to hang, he got sick and threw up. It was pretty awkward.
I heard his name on 1010 WINS as I was laying in bed early this morning and when I woke up and read the story and saw his face I freaked. It was him. So sad. What an awful, horrible story...
I haven't seen or thought of that face in years but I remember it so well. Those deep sunken, somewhat haunted eyes. The more I read about the story the more I recall that quiet rumbling rage he had sometimes; his eyes would well up with tears and suddenly he'd snap. For real. I'm not just saying that now after the fact.
Portions from: "Father held in killing of baby girl" By KIBRET MARKOS and WILLIAM LAMB
The father of a 3-month-old Palisades Park girl is charged with murder after fatally striking his infant daughter's head on an iron stair railing over the screams of the baby's horrified mother, prosecutors said Monday.
The attack on Jenessa Olmeda came without warning after the girl's father, 29-year-old Peter Olmeda, asked his girlfriend if he could hold Jenessa one last time before he left Saturday night, authorities said.
Jenessa was pronounced dead at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. An autopsy on Monday showed that she died from head and brain trauma and suffered injuries throughout her body as a result of the "repeated" blows, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor James Santulli said.
"I've never seen this violent an act against such a defenseless human being," Molinelli said. "This redefines cruelty. ... I'm hard-pressed to even think of a case of an animal that was treated this cruelly."
Bystanders tackled the Cliffside Park resident as frantic relatives called 911. The suspect's father tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate his granddaughter with guidance from a 911 operator, Molinelli said.
Olmeda showed no signs of being troubled as he spent an evening at home Saturday night with Jenessa; the infant's mother, 26-year-old Stephanie Avans; and his father, Pedro, Molinelli said. There had not been any arguments at the house, everyone was in good spirits and no one had been drinking, the prosecutor said.
Pedro Olmeda drove the couple and their daughter to the two-story brick duplex, where the plan was to drop off Avans and Janessa before returning home to Cliffside Park, Santulli said.
Pedro Olmeda left the car running and stood by a gate as his son went up to say goodbye, Molinelli said. Pedro Olmeda darted toward the house when he heard Avans scream and caught a glimpse of his son shaking what looked to him like a baby blanket, Molinelli said.
"No one saw this coming," Molinelli said. "This came completely out of the blue."
Avans was "very distraught" by what she witnessed and was admitted to the Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus for psychological evaluation, Molinelli said.
Peter Olmeda also was taken to Bergen Regional, where he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation on Monday, Santulli said. A judge ordered him held on $1 million bail as he awaits a court appearance later this week to be formally charged with murder and child endangerment.
There was no answer Monday at the Avans residence. Their neighbors, Joseph and Rosa Veltri, said they heard Stephanie Avans scream late on Saturday night, but didn't see anything. They described the Avanses as "good people."
"The boy, I didn't know much," Rosa Veltri said, referring to Peter Olmeda. "We see him on the porch, but we never talk to him."
Peter Olmeda's attorney, Brian Neary, said he has known the accused's parents for a long time.
"They are a very sweet, decent family," he said. "They are devastated both by the death of their granddaughter and by their son's predicament."
Citing privacy laws, both Molinelli and Santulli declined to say whether Peter Olmeda has a history of mental illness. In 1999, when he was 22, Olmeda was charged with robbery, simple assault and riot for allegedly participating in two strong-arm robberies on Anderson Avenue in Fairview. The outcome of those charges was not immediately clear Monday.
Portions from 1010 WINS/AP : "N.J. Man Beats Infant Daughter to Death"
As her mother watched in horror, a 3-month-old Palisades Park girl was beaten to death by her father, authorities said Monday.
Peter Nicholas Olmeda showed no signs of being troubled as he hung out at his Cliffside Park home late Saturday with young Jenessa, the infant’s mother, Stephanie Avans, and his father, Pedro.
Olmeda’s father then drove all of them to Avans’s home in Palisades Park, where the plan was to drop off mother and baby before heading back to Cliffside Park.
Once there, Peter Olmeda asked to hold Jenessa one last time.
Holding her by the ankles, he slammed her head repeatedly against a front porch railing. Olmeda then threw the baby onto the concrete pavement.
“No one saw this coming,” “This came completely out of the blue.”
Pedro Olmeda darted toward the house when he heard the mother’s screams and later tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the baby. Bystanders who rushed to the scene tackled Peter Olmeda as he tried to run away and then called police.
Jenessa was pronounced dead sometime after midnight at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. An autopsy showed that she died from head and brain trauma. She also suffered injuries throughout her body.
Peter Olmeda was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center in Paramus, where he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation on Monday. A judge ordered him held on $1 million bail as he awaits a court appearance later this week to be formally charged with murder and child endangerment.
The babys mother, Stephanie Avans, was “very distraught” by what she witnessed and was admitted to Bergen Regional for psychological evaluation.
Olmeda’s attorney, Brian Neary, said he has known the accused killer’s parents for a long time.
“They are a very sweet, decent family,” he said. “They are devastated both by the death of their granddaughter and by their son’s predicament.”
Citing privacy laws, authorities declined to say whether Peter Olmeda has a history of mental illness.
Naturally, detectives are stumped by what drove him to commit such an act.
“The nature of the assault and what this man did to a defenseless, 3-month-old infant really begs an answer that we really don’t have right now,” the prosecutor said.