On Thursday, the town’s first homicide in over a decade was reported, and a police officer called the killing of a local man “a mindless act of violence.“
After the stabbing death of his neighbor Arinzechukwu Ukachukwu, 31-year-old Sebastian Andrews has been charged with murder.
A motive has not been determined, according to the authorities.
Andrews, shortly after his capture, allegedly stated in the arrest warrant that he had acted in self-defense.
Thursday, however, Wilton’s Deputy Police Chief Robert Cipolla stated-
“The investigation thus far has indicated that this was an extraordinarily brutal attack and is best defined as a mindless act of violence.”
After his appearance on Wednesday, a Superior Court judge in Stamford raised Andrews’ bond to $2 million, keeping him in detention at Bridgeport Correctional Center.
Andrews was detained on Tuesday at his home on Indian Hill Road after police discovered Ukachukwu’s body in the garage of his property on the neighboring Patrick Lane. Ukachukwu was 39 years old.
The arrest warrant states that at about 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Andrews’s father contacted 911 after seeing a guy he thought was his son “stabbing” Ukachukwu in the victim’s driveway.
Andrews was arrested at his house without a fight, according to the Wilton police. His father’s Indian Hill Road residence was also listed as his own.
Andrews informed a police detective that he went to Ukachukwu’s house on Tuesday morning to ask “Ari” for a “wedge,” as stated in the warrant. The warrant also notes that Andrews told officers he “wanted to see what was going on since he saw ‘them trespassing on his property multiple times, specifically in his attic.”
Aside from “regular neighbor-to-neighbor communication,” Cipolla said Thursday that no problems involving the neighbors had been reported.
According to the warrant, Andrews informed police that Ukachukwu had “eyes that appeared insane” when he met his gaze. Andrews added that Ukachukwu took him to the garage and that he felt the guy was “going to beat him with something,” prompting Andrews to assault his neighbor “with a knife he obtained from his kitchen,” as stated in the warrant.
This timeline, however, appears to be at odds with other information cited in the warrant.
The warrant states that Andrews’ father told police that he saw the stabbing happen in Ukachukwu’s driveway. The warrant states that a trail of blood was found leading from the driveway into the garage, which is where Ukachukwu’s body was discovered.
According to public records, Ukachukwu and his wife bought a house in Wilton this past summer and relocated there.
Rep said –
“The town is deeply saddened by this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family during this difficult time. Keith Denning, a Democrat whose district includes New Canaan, Ridgefield, and Wilton”