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Fugitive accused of beating mother-in-law nabbed by Englewood detectives in the Bronx

Photo Credit: Courtesy ENGLEWOOD PD

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Englewood detectives today arrested an “extremely dangerous” woman who they said beat her 82-year-old mother-in-law so violently that she knocked out several teeth and gave her a severe concussion after the older woman tried to convince her to kick a drug habit.

Even though she had cut and dyed her hair, Mary Tene “walked right into their arms as Detectives Chris Kedersha and Carlos Marte walked up to her building in the Bronx with officers from 48th Precinct,” Detective Capt. Timothy Torell told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.

The detectives had traced her to the Adams Place tenant while pursuing leads, Torell said.

“She tried to pass herself off as a cousin of hers,” he said, but the detectives weren’t fooled.

Tene, 54, was booked at the precinct on a fugitive from justice charge. An extradition hearing was being scheduled.

Authorities have been looking for her since the night of Sept. 11, when officers responded to an East Palisade Avenue apartment between Dean and Engle streets found the severely beaten victim.

Detectives learned that her mother-in-law “had been trying to counsel Tene about her drug problem when the woman attacked her,” the captain said. “She was in rough shape when our officers got there.”

The victim was hospitalized and is recovering.

Tene, he said, has “an extensive violent criminal record spanning across New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Florida,” as well as several aliases.

An arrest warrant out of Englewood charges Tene with aggravated assault and elderly abuse. However, there could be additional charges “as our investigation progresses,” Torell said.


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