The unidentified 33-year-old man initially told cops he and his wife, Araceles Colon, had gotten of the 4 train at Jerome Ave. in The Bronx shortly after 9 p.m. when three thieves tried to grab Colon’s pocketbook as they walked into Macombs Dam Park across from Yankee Stadium.
The man claimed a scuffle ensued, and that his wife was subsequently shot in the stomach by one of the muggers.
But police debunked his claims, saying they were shown to be false after a preliminary investigation.
Paramedics rushed Colon to Lincoln Hospital, where she died, cops said. A motive for the fatal shooting was not immediately known.