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Ex-Cop Arrested Hours After Murdered Wife Was Laid to Rest

Ex-Cop Arrested Hours After Murdered Wife Was Laid to Rest

Eddy Coello, busted on second-degree murder charges in his wife Tina Adovasio's death, is walked out of the 45th Precinct in the Bronx on Tuesday. [AP]

New York Daily News via YellowBrix

March 24, 2011

Hours after a strangled Bronx mom was laid to rest Tuesday, her abusive ex-cop husband was hauled out of his crash pad in handcuffs.

Detectives arrested Eddy Coello at a relative’s apartment in the Bronx and drove him to a police station after the heart-wrenching funeral of his wife, Tina Adovasio.

“It was just a matter of time,” a law enforcement source said. “Outrageous he ever wore a badge.”

Coello, 38, said nothing as he was busted on second-degree murder charges.

“You piece of s—t,” yelled family friend Tom Herrera as a stone-faced Coello was taken out of the 45th Precinct stationhouse. “How do you like it? How do you like it?”

A former Bronx housing cop, Coello was bounced in 2000 amid reports he abused girlfriend Glory Perez.

“It’s wonderful news,” Perez told the Daily News after learning of the arrest. “He needs to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

“He thought he was going to get away with it,” added Scott Schnider, a friend of the mom. “Now she can rest.”

At the funeral, Adovasio’s 17-year-old son, Joseph, sat in the spot Coello would have occupied – and it was the teen’s words that moved many to tears at the St. John the Evangelist Church in Mahopac, Putnam County.

“Tell everybody she was a good mom,” the Rev. Pat Angelucci said, speaking for the grieving teen. “Tell everybody that she cared for her children first.”

Angelucci said he spoke to the teen Thursday – a day after the body of his 40-year-old mother was found dumped in the woods.

“He said to me, ‘I wish my mom could see me grow up,’” the priest said. “And I said to him, ‘Joey, your mom does see you. Your mom is with you.’”

As the priest spoke, Adovasio’s children – Joseph, Lexi, 15, Michael, 11 and Mia, 5 – stared helplessly at the light-colored coffin covered with a white cloth.

Coello was also remembered Tuesday – as a liar with a temper.

After losing his cop job, Coello returned to his old doorman gig at a luxury building on E. 72nd St. Tenants recalled him as a “real Jekyll and Hyde” character – and a “compulsive liar.”

“He told everybody in the building he was working down at the World Trade Center during 9/11,” one tenant said. “When you think of all the real police officers and firefighters who died there, it shows a kind of psychosis.”

The accused killer was questioned last week but refused to give investigators a DNA sample – and prosecutors decided they didn’t have enough to charge him.

Asked if cops had new evidence, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne replied, “Sometimes there’s just a comfort level with the information you have and how it’s going to be presented.”

Coello had been arrested repeatedly for attacking Adovasio, and she took out an order of protection when she filed for divorce Feb. 25.


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