Just after 9:00 a.m., Waterbury officers responded to a multi-family home on Third Street on a disturbance call. Crystal Spires said, “I was hearing multiple police sirens so that’s what drew my attention to even look out the window. And saw them coming down one after another. They were getting out and literally running.”
Police found two females dead inside a multi-family building. Spires added, “Looking at the officers expression you knew that something was terribly wrong.”
A man who lives in the same building says he saw a toddler run out of the apartment in the rain and went to help. He said, “She was crying mommy is dead. Mommy is dead.”
He told News 8 a woman lived on the first floor with her two kids and boyfriend. He said, “They just moved here. She lived here like three months. He just came like a month-and-a-half ago.”
In a news conference late Friday afternoon, police identified the victims as 29-year-old Chaquinequea Brodie, of Waterbury, as well as her 9-year-old daughter, whose name was not released. Brodie’s 2-year-old daughter was not hurt in the incident, but was taken to Saint Mary’s Hospital for evaluation.
Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Anthony Rutherford. Officers said he was in possession of a handgun at the time of his arrest, and has faced weapons charges in the past. Police say Rutherford is being charged with two counts of murder, two counts of risk of injury to a child, criminal use of a weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment, carrying a pistol without a permit, illegal possession of a weapon in a motor vehicle and interfering with an officer. He is being held on a $2,500,000 bond at Waterbury Police headquarters. He will be arraigned in Waterbury Superior court on Monday.
Neighbors were friendly with the couple. Stephen McLay added, “I know they weren’t his kids, and they weren’t married. I don’t think they met too long ago.”
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A neighbor who lived in the building said, “I guess she met him on the Internet or something.”
Neighbors said they’re praying for the victims. McLay added, “It is heartbreaking it is close to home. It is just sad.” Julius Cain added, “Very scary for it to happen so close but sad at the same time.”
The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information that could help Waterbury police in their investigation, you’re asked to give them a call at 203-574-6941.