A 69-year-old Greenwich Village man was charged with fatally stabbing his longtime girlfriend in their apartment yesterday. Police say Dennis Gugliemo, a longtime neighborhood fixture, attacked Alice Birnbaum last night.
The NYPD says they responded to a 911 call about a woman stabbed inside 38 Downing Street. When they arrived to the apartment, they found Birnbaum, 59, with multiple stab wounds. Gugliemo allegedly used both an axe and a knife in the attack. Birnbaum was pronounced dead at the scene and Gugliemo was taken into custody.
The Post reports that Gugliemo had been released from Bellevue's psychiatric facility recently—and that Birnbaum was involved with getting him out: A neighbor said, "Last time I spoke to her she was talking about how she was fighting the doctors trying to get him out of Bellevue. He was released about 2 or 3 days ago."
Gugliemo founded Carmine Street Guitars nearby (he's not affiliated with them anymore) and was caught in 2012 using a patio chair to confront teens who were bothering others in the Village. From the Daily News (which has photos of many teens vs. Gugliemo):
According to the NY Times
They were just causing problems," he later told the News. "They think they can come down to the Village and intimidate people." Guglielmo fended off the group of teenagers outside the Número 28 pizzeria.
"They're not from here," he said of the boys, adding they demanded money from pedestrians and argued with strangers. "I live on the block," he went on. "It's not a big deal."
, "Mr. Guglielmo was often seen sunning himself and sometimes drinking in front of a local church. Several residents, when interviewed about Mr. Guglielmo, described him as 'a character.' They asked not to be identified because they feared his brother, who also lives at 38 Downing."
Gugliemo was charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon.