An Upper East Side woman stabbed nearly to death by her roommate says she only had her attacker’s best interests in mind when she criticized her excessive drinking during the coronavirus lockdown, sparking the near-fatal confrontation.
“I’m a good person — I don’t deserve this," Tatiana Nazarinova, 31, told the Daily News, crying on the phone from her hospital bed Sunday. “I gave her food, I gave her clothes, I gave her everything.”
Daria Alyabyeva, 27, allegedly attacked Nazarinova during a confrontation over Alyabyeva’s boozing while the two women were pent up together.
Nazarinova and Alyabyeva had roomed together in California years earlier, but the younger woman’s drinking problem drove a wedge between them.
“I promised myself and my parents and my friends that I’m not gonna deal with this person ever again," Nazarinova said. “She was acting really really crazy and wild.”
Nazarinova moved to Manhattan about six years ago, running an Airbnb out of her apartment on E. 86th St. near Second Ave. Last year, Alyabyeva reconnected with her, asking for a place to stay and help getting on her feet in the city.
“I thought, if not me, then who?" said Nazarinova. "We’re Russians and we should take care of each other. And honestly, it was a mistake.”
Nazarinova tried to get her friend gigs as a hostess and waitress, but Alyabyeva would knock back drinks during her job interviews. Then the coronavirus lockdown began, which she thought would curb Alyabyeva’ s hard partying ways.
“I told her, ‘You can’t drink in the house, you can’t go to the liquor store. It’s a rule,’” Nazarinova said.
The rules didn’t take.
“She would start drinking in the morning," Nazarinova said. "She would go to the kitchen and grab a coffee cup and pretend she was drinking coffee or tea.”
In March, Alyabyeva got drunk and threatened to stab her, Nazarinova claims.
“I had to hide all the knives in the kitchen,” she said.
She called police, who, she said, "just told her to walk around the block and sober up.”
Tensions finally came to a boil April 19.
“I was getting mad," Nazarinova said. “Emotionally and physically I can’t stand this.”.
She tried to reason with Alyabyeva, and offered her support.
“She was like 'No, f--- it. I just want some whiskey,’” Nazarinova recalled. She made her roommate promise to drink only in her room.
But when Nazarinova went downstairs to pick up a food order she returned to find a glass of whiskey in the living room. She put the glass in the sink, which set Alyabyeva off.
“She had super crazy eyes, I can’t even explain it,” Nazarinova said. “I was like, ‘What’s your problem?’”
That’s when the bloodshed began.
“I didn’t realize she had a huge meat knife,” Nazarinova said. “I tried to push her away. It was so fast, and dark in the hallway.”
She quickly realized she was wounded.
“My hip was fountaining blood,” she said. “I was stained in my blood and she was stained in my blood.”
“I was like ‘Please stop, please stop,'" she added. "I literally realized I’m probably gonna die because I was losing so much blood. I saw something coming out of my abdomen, I guess it was my intestine.”
Her roomate showed no remorse.
“I said ‘Dasha I’m gonna die, call the police!’" Nazarinova said. "And she said ‘No, die b----.’”
Nazarinova found her phone and called 911. Alyabyeva fled before cops arrived.
When police and medics showed up, they spoke like Nazarinova wasn’t going to survive.
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“They said ‘Stay with us, Stay with us. If you go right now, we’re not going to be able to bring you back,’” she said. “I thought if I go right now, my mom couldn’t deal with this. I’m everything to her. So I thought, ‘I can’t close my eyes.’”
Nazarinova needed a massive blood transfusion and two surgeries. She was sliced and stabbed in the arm, shoulder, hands and face. One of her arteries was also cut, she said.
“It was mostly muscles and nerves," she said. “Hopefully in a few weeks or a few months I’ll be back to normal."
She called the doctors and nurses at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center “angels.” She is expected to be released Monday.
Cops tracked down and arrested Alabyeva about 2 p.m. Tuesday, nine days after the stabbing, charging her with attempted murder and assault. She remains held on Rikers Island on $750,000 bond.