Infante was grilled by cops Tuesday at the 30th Precinct stationhouse before police charged him with both murders. Dressed in a black leather jacket, he looked down as police led him from the precinct, staying silent and expressionless as reporters shouted questions in English and Spanish. Barahona was discovered when the building’s super called 911 after a resident reported a foul odor coming from the apartment, police said. The super said he last saw Barahona alive last Wednesday.
Barahona was a science teacher at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx when she had a four-month affair with Infante, who was in her class at the time. The relationship began on his 18th birthday in the fall of 2011, according to the city’s special commissioner of investigation, which released a report on the relationship in 2013. The couple hooked up about five times a week, the report said.
When the student asked if he could use condoms, she told him she “didn’t like” them and “not to worry,” the report added.
The investigation into the affair began in February 2012 when a woman told authorities that Infante had confided to her about it. He told the woman that he had barely been able to eat or sleep because of the relationship for weeks. Infante later told investigators that the two had become Facebook friends a few days before Halloween. On their first date, they went to Times Square with Barahona’s daughter.
Barahona became pregnant in November 2011. Infante moved in with her two months later. Their relationship soured because Infante wanted to take the baby to visit relatives and Barahona refused to allow it. They broke up after Barahona’s mother caught Infante drinking rum in her apartment and argued with him. Barahona forced him to move out and later blocked him from her Facebook page. She confessed the affair to investigators — saying she was in love with the teen.
Bravo said he thought the breakup was because she wanted to be more independent.
“He’s a 20-year-old guy (at the time),” he said. “There’s no way you’re going to take the reins on that so I think that was part of the fallout. She would live her life, and he would either join along with her or go away.”
Barahona was an Afghanistan war vet who served with the U.S. Coast Guard. She was also studying at John Jay College.
“It’s shocking to me,” a former Coast Guard colleague, who asked not to be named, said of her death. “She was a very conscientious, quiet person, highly educated. She was a nice lady, private, and did her job.”
With Ross Keith