Arthur Lomando is being held in Bergen County Jail on $5 million bail

By Chris Harris
Updated January 29, 2016 04:20 PM
Credit: Amy Newman/The Record of Bergen County/AP

A former New York City policeman accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend with a machete before throwing himself in front of the New York subway, resulting in the amputation of both of his feet, pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday.

Bergen County, New Jersey, court officials tell PEOPLE that Arthur Lomando, a 44-year-old man from Long Island, New York, is being held on $5 million bail. Lomando appeared in court on Thursday in a wheelchair.

Three months ago, police say Lomando threw himself in front of a New York City subway train hours after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, 48-year-old Suzanne Bardzell, with a machete outside her home in Midland Park, New Jersey.

Authorities say Lomando waited for Bardzell to return home from work, and as she pulled into her driveway, he allegedly emerged from behind some bushes and smashed her car’s driver’s side window, slashing her several times with a blade.

Officers arrived to find the woman dead, still sitting behind the wheel of her idling car.

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Lomando’s feet were amputated after police say he tried committing suicide by jumping in front of a subway car.

Earlier this month, Lomando filed a $50 million civil lawsuit against New York’s transit authority, claiming he fell in front of the train after being bumped onto the tracks by someone on the station’s platform, which Lomando says was overcrowded.

Authorities confirm Lomando was fired from the police force more than a decade ago after amidst allegations of misconduct.