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Lauren Pazienza: NYC judge barricades event planner accused of pushing 87-year-old to death

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ONE New York City Judge locked event planner Lauren Pazienza inside on Tuesday for pushing 87-year-old voice coach Barbara Gustern to death – after her fiancé spoke to investigators.

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Pazienza had been out for $ 500,000 for killing Gustern, but Judge Felicia Mennin ordered the 26-year-old detained without bail on Tuesday after prosecutors made the request at her Manhattan court hearing.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, reportedly hurried Barbara Gustern, 87, called her one "b ----" and pushed her from behind in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, reportedly hurried Barbara Gustern, 87, called her a “b —-” and pushed her from behind in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
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“I am in custody,” the judge said, expressing concern that the defendant is “a serious flight risk.”

Pazienza showed no emotion when law enforcement officers handcuffed her and led her to a jail cell.

Earlier in the case, the Fashion Institute of Technology graduate pleaded not guilty through his lawyers to first-degree manslaughter and two counts of second-degree assault.

Prosecutor Justin McNabney claimed Pazienza could flee now that she has been charged with crimes for which she risks as much as 25 years in prison.

Lauren Pazienza in the Manhattan Supreme Court May 10, 2022.

Lauren Pazienza in the Manhattan Supreme Court May 10, 2022.
(Curtis Means / Pool)

In addition, he claimed, her fiancé’s statements to investigators show that the attack on Gustern on March 10 was an “intentional act” and Pazienza wanted to “cause serious physical harm” as she violently pushed the stranger, who weighed less than 100 pound.

Pazienza was sitting with a stone face at the defensive table as McNabney outlined the tragic moment when Gustern crossed his path with his alleged killer.

The defendant and her fiancé, Naveen Pereira, who was due to get married in June, celebrated, according to court documents, the 100th day before their wedding.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, is handcuffed and remanded in custody on May 10, 2022, after a judge ordered her detained without bail in the Manhattan Supreme Court.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, is handcuffed and remanded in custody on May 10, 2022, after a judge ordered her detained without bail in the Manhattan Supreme Court.
(Curtis Means / Pool)

They hit a number of art galleries, Pazienza drank several glasses of wine, then the couple got a meal from a food truck in Chelsea Park – a block from the assault, it is claimed in the newspapers.

An employee of the park told them they had to walk because the park was about to close, which sent Pazienza into rage. “[She] threw his food at his fiance and stormed out of the park, “the newspapers said.

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That was when Pazienza stormed down W. 28th St., ran directly toward Gustern, called her a “b-tch” and pushed her so hard that she hit the left side of her head, court documents claim.

Moments later, Pazienza called Pereira and asked him to meet her. She allegedly pronounced him guilty of having “ruined her night” without mentioning that she had attacked an elderly woman, according to prosecutors.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, reportedly hurried Barbara Gustern, 87, called her one "b ----" and pushed her from behind in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.

Lauren Pazienza, 26, reportedly hurried Barbara Gustern, 87, called her a “b —-” and pushed her from behind in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.
(NYPD / Barbara Maier Gustern / Facebook)

Before the couple returned to their Astoria apartment, she reportedly stood in the middle of W. 29th St. and looked directly at the ambulance outside Gustern’s building.

Only after they returned home that evening did Pazienza tell her fiancé what she had done. When asked why, she reportedly replied that the victim “might have said something” to her, but she was not sure.

“That was her only explanation,” it reads in a court document. A few days later, after Pazienza saw a newspaper report indicating that Gustern was dead, her fiancé told investigators she became “really scared and nervous” and fled New York City, the newspaper says.

Barbara Gustern in this undated photo

Barbara Gustern in this undated photo
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She deleted all her social media – including her wedding website – and hid at her aunt’s home, Pereira reportedly told authorities.

After police knocked on the door of her parents’ home on Long Island, Pazienza reported himself.

A doctor testified in the grand jury that the blunt force wounded to the top of Gustern’s head required “substantial force.”

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Pazienza’s defense attorney John Esposito argued that the facts of the case had not changed since her arrest and there was no reason to change her bail conditions.

Esposito said she lives with her parents and is receiving counseling “on multiple issues” but has no psychiatric diagnosis. Her mother was in the courtroom, as were several family members and friends of Gustern.

“I’m sorry for her, I’m sorry for her parents, but what she did should have consequences,” said Gustern’s friend Morgan Jenness, who welcomed the judge’s decision to imprison Pazienza.

She is due in court again on July 26.

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