Bristol police investigating murder; suspect identified as a neighbor with pending sexual assault case
BRISTOL — A woman was found slain in her home Monday evening, and the suspect in the case committed suicide in a Hartford motel hours after the killing, police said.
At about 7:14 p.m., police responded to 66 Timber Lane when a family member found 59-year-old Gale McIntyre, the homeowner, dead. The manner of death appeared suspicious, as she apparently died of blunt trauma. Police declined to elaborate on McIntyre’s injuries.
Police said the suspect in McIntyre’s death — 44-year-old Robert Newman — was found dead in a Hartford motel at about 11 p.m. Police said he hanged himself. Newman was a neighbor of McIntyre, residing at 87 Timber Lane.
Newman was identified as a possible suspect as officers were interviewing residents in the Timber Lane neighborhood.
“Some neighbors expressed some concern about him,” said Detective Lt. Kevin Morrell.
According to police, Newman’s wife allowed police to search her home and told them she had received a text indicating he may have been in Hartford. Morrell declined to elaborate on what may have been found inside the Newman residence or what they believe links him to the crime.
The door to the Newman residence was not answered Tuesday afternoon, as reporters were seeking comment.
The circumstances surrounding how Newman may have gotten into McIntyre’s home or why he was there at all are still being investigated. Police said they were neighborhood acquaintances.
Bristol detectives and the state police Major Crime Unit are collaboratively investigating the case.
Police spent much of Tuesday at McIntyre’s home, processing the scene. With the assistance of Hartford police, Bristol detectives also helped process Newman’s Weston Street motel room — which was paid for in cash for one night.
Detectives said they cannot release further details without compromising the investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Bristol police at 860-314-4566.
“The investigation is still very active,” Morrell said, adding that detectives have not “ruled anything out.”
Police said an autopsy would be performed on both of the deceased either Tuesday or Wednesday.
Gale McIntyre, sister of retired Bristol police Capt. Dan McIntyre, is remembered by her neighbors as friendly.
“She was sweet, kind, gentle and a beautiful person,” said Joan Hermann. “It’s just so horrible what happened. She had the biggest smile.”
Sheran Dellabianca, another neighbor, said she often saw Gale McIntyre around the neighborhood.
“She was always friendly.”
“That’s just so scary to have this happen in your neighborhood,” Dellabianca added.
According to court records, Newman has a pending case in Bristol Superior Court in which he was out on $25,000 bond. He was arrested by Plainville police on Nov. 4 on charges of third-degree sexual assault, first-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace, illegal possession of heroin, illegal possession of suboxone, possession of drug paraphernalia and reckless driving.
According to police, Newman met a woman outside a Plainville business the day he was arrested and offered to give her a ride. During the car ride, police said, Newman allegedly grabbed the woman’s neck and tried to force her into performing oral sex on him. The woman alleged that Newman threatened to kill her if she didn’t cooperate.
Police pulled over Newman’s vehicle when an officer saw the passenger door swing open multiple times. He was arrested after the complainant told officers what allegedly happened.
Police on Tuesday said there is no connection between the Plainville case and what happened Monday evening. ..Source.. by Justin Muszynski