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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
October 20, 2017

DA VANCE: PAMELA BUCHBINDER INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF EX-BOYFRIEND

Separately Charged Defendant Jacob Nolan Previously Convicted for His Role in the 2012 Attempted Murder

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of PAMELA BUCHBINDER, 48, for the attempted murder of her estranged boyfriend in November 2012. BUCHBINDER is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, and two counts of Burglary in the First Degree.

“This defendant is charged with orchestrating each step of a brutal attack on the father of her child,” said District Attorney Vance. “From purchasing the sledgehammer used to strike the victim, to drawing a map depicting the easiest entrance to his home office, Pamela Buchbinder is alleged to have played an integral role in this vicious assault – which, were it not for concerned neighbors and responding NYPD officers, could easily have turned fatal.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on November 11, 2012, BUCHBINDER accompanied her 19-year-old cousin, Jacob Nolan, to a Home Depot in Chelsea, where they purchased a 10-pound sledgehammer, zip ties, latex gloves, and industrial-strength cleaner, among other items. The next day, using a map drawn by BUCHBINDER, Nolan entered the West 57th Street apartment building where the victim, a psychiatrist, maintained a home office. Once inside, Nolan struck the victim with the sledgehammer and stabbed him multiple times. NYPD officers responded to a call from the building’s manager and placed Nolan under arrest.

In March 2016, Nolan was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the First Degree, and two counts of Burglary in the First Degree. He was later sentenced to 9 ½ years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorneys Joel J. Seidemann, Senior Trial Counsel, and Gregory SanGermano are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Assistant District Attorney Linda Ford, Senior Trial Counsel, handled the NOLAN prosecution.

District Attorney Vance thanked NYPD Detective Kevin Buehler of the Midtown North Detective Squad for his assistance with investigation.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court or statements made on the record in court.

 

Defendant Information:

PAMELA BUCHBINDER, D.O.B. 12/23/1969
New York, NY

Charges:
• Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
• Burglary in the First Degree, a class B felony, two counts
• Attempted Assault in the First Degree, a class C felony, one count