Second suspect arrested in Waterbury homicide


WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– Police have arrested two brothers in Waterbury after they allegedly stomped and punched a man to death on New Year’s Day.

The victim, 50-year-old Donald Curtis, was an animal lover, out all night ringing in the new year feeding stray cats. Curtis was found dead in a driveway at 5 a.m., next to his cat carrier.

“This morning I finally cried. I’m still in shock,” said the victim’s sister, Nancy, who didn’t want us to use her last name.

Police have arrested Johnathan and Joseph Pape, 20, on felony murder charges. Both have confessed to killing Curtis, police say. According to court papers, 21-year-old Jonathan first proposed to his girlfriend on New Year’s Eve, then went out with his brother to rob people. A neighbor came across Curtis on Mitchell street.

Johnathan told police “The man pleaded with him to stop, but he continued kicking and stomping on the male’s head… At one point, the male was sitting on the ground staring up at him, and he kicked him in the face…” He stated that he “actually felt good after he relieved his anger by assaulting the male.”

Police served a search warrant at Pape’s house. They say they found the clothes and shoes he wore in the washing machine, and the victim’s car keys in the backyard. Friends told police that the Pape brothers left the house in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day for the sole purpose of robbing people, and Curtis was not the only victim. Nancy says she is glad police arrested the two men who beat her brother to death for only $5.

“Just justice, I don’t ask for anything more. I am not that kind of person,” said Nancy, who spoke exclusively to News 8. “I don’t wish harm on anybody, because I believe in God and God will take care of the situation.”

Johnathan Pape was arraigned in Waterbury Superior Court Friday, where his bond was set at $1 million. He’s due back in court on Jan. 21.

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