A prominent Scarsdale mergers and acquisitions specialist accused of second-degree murder in his wife’s stabbing death headed for his second night in jail Thursday as investigators continued to piece together evidence in the case.
Julius “Jules” Reich, 61, allegedly stabbed Dr. Robin Goldman, 58, to death at their upscale Heathcote home on Wednesday morning.
“She was taking a shower. He ambushed her,” a law enforcement source told The Journal News.
Reich was arrested at the scene and is being held without bail at the Westchester County jail. His lawyer, Kerry Lawrence, planned to seek bail at a hearing at Westch
Goldman’s funeral was held Thursday afternoon in New Rochelle. The couple had three children, daughters Jenna and Alyssa, and a son, Adam, as well as four grandchildren.
Reich had petitioned to divorce Goldman in August, according to public records. Goldman was killed just days before she and Reich were scheduled for their first appearance in matrimonial court, on Monday.
“As a community, we are grief stricken and our hearts are filled with pain to know that Robin, who was so good, so sweet and so pious has so suddenly been taken from us,” said a statement from the synagogue.
Goldman was a pediatrician affiliated with Montefiore Health System, which issued a statement Thursday saying, “We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of our colleague, Dr. Robin Goldman.”
“Robin was a dedicated physician cherished by her colleagues as a positive and compassionate presence. Her passion for medicine was an inspiration to those who worked with her. Her passing is a great loss for all of us, and we extend our heartfelt sympathy to her family, friends, patients, colleagues and students,” it said.
Scarsdale Police Capt. Thomas Altizio said Thursday there was no prior history of domestic violence calls at the home, based on a review of records back to 1994. He said additional charges might be filed against Reich at a later time, but did not give details.
Officers responded to the house at 50 Lincoln Road after Reich called 911 shortly after 10 a.m. to report a woman seriously injured there, Altizio said. Goldman was pronounced dead at the scene. A felony complaint filed in the case says she was stabbed multiple times “during the early morning hours.”
Altizio said Reich was treated after the incident at White Plains Hospital for injuries to his hand. Jail and police mug shots also appear to show a bandage or cotton in Reich’s ears, but Altizio said he did not believe Reich’s ear was injured.
Neighbors on Lincoln Road told the newspaper that they were shaken by the slaying in the upscale Westchester suburb.
Reich has owned the home since 1997, according to property records. The house is valued at $2.7 million and has more than 6,400 square feet of living space, along with a pool, bath house and greenhouse on 1.3 acres.
Since August 2014 Reich has been a partner at WeiserMazars LLP in its transaction advisory services group. He had previously spent most of his career with the large accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“We have no information about the charges against him or the circumstances of his wife’s death beyond what has been reported in the media,” his company said in a statement Thursday. “We want to express our heartfelt sympathy to the family and all those affected by this tragic event. We are making sure that all clients are properly served and co-workers are supported. Beyond this we have no additional comment at this time.”
Goldman practiced at the Comprehensive Family Care Center on Eastchester Road in the Bronx, which is affiliated with Montefiore Medical Center. She was also an assistant professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and had been active on several community-focused boards in Scarsdale.
The pair were active in Young Israel of Scarsdale, a modern Orthodox congregation, and also involved with the Westchester Jewish Council.