Man With Bipolar Disorder Suspected Of Killing 87-Year-Old Grandmother And Hurting Family

| by Lisa Fogarty

An 87-year-old grandmother was found dead in her bedroom in the Bronx, New York, with a head wound and police suspect her 48-year-old grandson, who suffers from bipolar disorder, may be responsible for her murder.

Alice Durso was reportedly found bludgeoned to death on the floor near her bed, reports the New York Daily News. Police say her grandson, Eric Perez, lost control at around 7:20 a.m. and allegedly killed his grandmother by taking a blunt object to her head. Police say he also hurt his 67-year-old mother, who suffered from a left arm injury that is possibly a fracture, his 55-year-old stepfather, who suffered head trauma, and a 56-year-old health aide, who was left with a cut to the right side of the face.

When police arrived at their two-story house, the suspect was reportedly outside on the balcony wearing just his boxer shorts. Police say he was in the middle of throwing objects, including a chair, two pillows and a small table, off of the balcony, and that he proceeded to scream at the cops before barricading himself inside of a bedroom and refusing to come out.

Police, wearing helmets and carrying shields, managed to get Perez out of the room and took him into custody a little more than one hour after the incident.

The three injured people were transported to Jacobi Medical Center and are in stable condition, while Perez was reportedly taken to the same hospital for psychological evaluation.

A medical examiner will determine the cause of Durso’s death in the next few days.

This isn’t the first time the family has made headlines because of a domestic tragedy. More than four years ago, Durso’s husband, Vincent Durso — who was a landlord who owned several properties in the Bronx — reportedly went missing. He was never found.

Source: New York Daily News Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons