Arraignment expected in Winslow woman's death

Posted: July 30, 2014




The 911 calls came within minutes in the wee hours of Friday morning.

First, for a 5-year-old girl banging on the front door, her clothes bloodied, at the Winslow Township home she shared with her mother.

"Mommy is dead," the girl, uninjured, told another person, who answered the door, according to authorities.

Less than a mile away, a pizza delivery driver dialed 911 after finding a body - the girl's mother, covered in blood - on the side of a road.

Night turned to dawn, and a manhunt ensued for Jennifer Bongco's killer.

It ended less than 24 hours later, when U.S. marshals found Kevin Ambrose - Bongco's boyfriend - in Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino & Resort, where he had paid for a room.

Ambrose, 52, who lived with Bongco and her daughter, is expected to be arraigned on murder charges this week in Camden. He remained in Atlantic City on Monday and has bail set at $2 million.

Bongco's daughter, according to court documents, saw her mother's last moments with Ambrose.

The three stopped at a Wawa store in the 400 block of Sicklerville Road around 12:20 a.m. Friday - nine minutes before the first 911 call. Surveillance video then showed them leaving in a car.

Bongco's daughter later told detectives that her mother and Ambrose were arguing in the car, before Bongco, 41, stepped out and Ambrose began hurting her, according to court documents.

Authorities said Bongco was stabbed multiple times. Her body was found near Wiltons Landing and New Brooklyn Erial Roads, between the store and her home. She was pronounced dead at Inspira Hospital around 4 a.m. Friday.

Bongco's family could not be reached for comment Monday.

She attended the University of San Agustin in the Philippines, according to her Facebook page. More recently, she worked as a nurse at Meadow View Nursing & Respiratory Care in Williamstown.

"She was a treasured employee, beloved nurse, and our hearts and our prayers are with her family at this time," said Paula Notarfrancisco, the center's executive director.

Asked whether Ambrose also worked at the center, Notarfrancisco said, "I have no comment."

On Facebook, condolences for Bongco - and frustration toward Ambrose - poured onto Bongco's Facebook page.

"It is truly sad and breaks our heart to lose such a great nurse, mother and friend," one person wrote.

Ambrose's family could not be reached for comment.

Ambrose's Facebook page shows he graduated from Cherry Hill High School East in 1980. It also has pictures of him and Bongco, smiling, on a recent trip to Las Vegas.


mboren@phillynews.com

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