A Dorchester woman said she was defending herself from her former boyfriend when she stabbed him Thursday night in her apartment, killing him, as he allegedly attacked and threatened to kill her.
“I just wanted to scare him, but he charged at me,” said the 26-year-old woman, who wept Friday as she recounted her struggle with 29-year-old Emmanuel Jeudi, against whom she had taken out a restraining order in the past, according to court records.
“Based on the facts and circumstances as they are known to investigators at this time, no charges have been filed,” the Boston Police Department said in a prepared statement. “The investigation remains open, but authorities do not believe the incident presents any ongoing public safety threat.”
Officials have not named the woman, and she spoke to the Globe on the condition that her name not be used. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation confirmed Jeudi’s name and said authorities are investigating the self-defense assertion.
Residents of the Washington Street apartment said the woman was terrified of Jeudi and had asked them not to let him inside the building. They often heard banging and fighting coming from her apartment, they said.
“I told her, you better get some kind of help,” said one resident, who asked not to be named because she feared retribution. “Either he’s going to end up killing you, or you’re going to kill him.”
Another resident who also asked not to be named because she feared retribution said she often heard the woman screaming. She once told Jeudi that a man who beats a woman is a coward, she said, and he responded that there were two sides to the story.
“He’s been beating her up every week,” said the resident. “She was scared for her life. I was scared for her kids.”
The woman has two daughters, 4 and 2, and she said both were in the apartment when the fight started Thursday at about 7 p.m. The 2-year-old is Jeudi’s child. Adabel Cuebas, who lives in the apartment below the woman, said she heard about seven or eight loud booms above Thursday night, moving across the apartment floor.
The woman said that on Thursday night, she and Jeudi began quarreling in their daughter’s room and she asked him to leave. Jeudi told her he was going to take their 2-year-old with him, and she said no, she said.
“He picked me up by my hair, and slammed me to the ground,” she said. He dragged her into a hallway and put her in a headlock, and began jamming his thumbs into her eyes, she said. He threw her into the kitchen, and she ran into her room. She tried to keep him out by bracing herself against the door, but he put her in another headlock and she began hearing her neck pop.
“I’ll kill you,” he told her, she said. She tried to call police, and he made her hang up. He released her and she told him to leave, but then 911 called back. She answered and asked for help, she said. Jeudi told her he was not leaving because he would go to jail, she said.
She made it into the kitchen, and he tried to take her cellphone, then kicked her down. She grabbed a knife and pointed it at him, she said.
“He laughed. I’ll never forget his laugh,” she said. “He said, ‘You gonna pull a knife on me?’ That’s when he charged me.”
That was when she stabbed him once, she said.
Jeudi ran into the hallway. The woman followed him, calling 911 and attempting CPR.
“I was telling him, ‘Stay calm, apply pressure,’ ” she said. “I don’t know CPR. I was pushing on his chest. He was already dead.”
According to court documents, the woman had taken out a restraining order against Jeudi on Feb. 7, 2013. On Feb. 14, 2013, Jeudi was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, malicious destruction of property, and assault and battery for punching the woman in her head and knocking her to the floor, and then stomping on her. He allegedly destroyed her phone as well. The charges were dismissed.
A week after that, the restraining order was terminated at the woman’s request. Shortly afterward, the woman wrote a letter, which is included with the court documents about Jeudi’s assault-and-battery charge, that says she was not in fear of Jeudi, and that she needed his help taking their children to school in the morning so she can go to work.
Jeudi was also charged in 2011 with drug possession and three second offense charges of carrying a firearm without a license, but those charges were also dismissed after a judge suppressed the guns.
He served a year on a 2006 gun conviction.
The woman’s mother said she had warned her daughter about Jeudi, but her daughter always wanted to give him another chance.
“She’s the gentlest person you’ll ever meet,” said the woman’s mother.
Many victims of domestic violence do not leave their abuser because they do not want the relationship to end — they simply want the violence to stop, said Toni K. Troop, communications director at the statewide sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy organization Jane Doe Inc.
“The person they fell in love with, the person they had the child with, is the person they believe is still there, underneath all that violence,” said Troop.
The woman said she had broken up with Jeudi, but wanted him to be able to see her children. Jeudi had told her he was getting his life together, and had begun attending church. He was a good father, she said.
“I miss him so much,” she said. “What am I going to tell the girls? I didn’t mean for any of this to happen.”John Ellement of the Globe staff and Globe correspondent Kiera Blessing contributed to this report. Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@