Estranged Husband of Missing New York Teacher Charged With Harassment, Stalking and Assault: Cops

A Staten Island, New York, mother of three has been missing for four days.
People have asked for the public's help in finding Jeanine Cammarata, a mother of three. DCPI

The elementary school teacher and mother of three hasn't been seen since Saturday.

The husband of a missing teacher and mother of three was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault, harassment and stalking his estranged wife, according to police.

Michael Cammarata, 42, was arrested Wednesday on the misdemeanor counts, which are not related to the disappearance of Jeanine Cammarata, 37, a first-grade teacher last seen on Saturday night, according the the New York Police Department. The charges involved prior incidents involving the couple.

A department spokesman said there were no further details available about the charges. 

Friends of the missing Staten Island woman said the Cammaratas were locked in a bitter divorce and custody battle.

Jeanine missed a custody hearing Monday in family court regarding two of her children, the Staten Island Advance reported. She was last seen about 9 p.m. Saturday, police said, when she dropped off her boyfriend. 

She was supposed to pick up her kids from her ex, at a prearranged meeting at the NYPD's 120th precinct, the paper reported. Her estranged husband's girlfriend said Jeanine showed up at the couple's Queens home Saturday night, but didn't take the children, the paper reported.

Longtime friend Jessica Pobega said she messaged Jeanine on Facebook, but doesn't believe the person who responded was her friend. "I was like, 'call me right now, you need to to call me right now, I need to hear your voice, I don’t believe you, I don’t believe it’s you,'” she said. “I even asked when’s the last time I saw you, and the person couldn’t respond to it. They didn’t answer, they just kept saying, ‘I’m OK, I’ll call you soon.'” Pobega told WCBS-TV.

Jeanine worked two jobs to support her family, her friends said. Besides teaching, she also worked at a discount store.

Her landlord, Jose Perez, told the station, "She’s always trying to provide for her kids, you know, she’s a hard worker,” said Perez.

She was a devoted mother and friend and friend and would never leave her children, her family and friends said. 

Jeanine is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds. She was last seen driving a white 2017 Chevy Cruz with New York plates. Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 800-577-TIPS.