PORT CHESTER, N.Y. – At the one-year anniversary of Port Chester resident Anthony Guglielmo’s murder this week, the victim's family is still looking for answers from police.
“I understand cases go cold, I just didn’t expect it to go cold in a year,” said a family member, who asked to remain nameless out of fear for her life and the lives of her family, in a phone interview this week. “If you call and you say, listen we’ve come to the end of the road, then at least I can bury Tony. I’m here waiting for something.”
On an early Sunday morning on Sept. 11, 2011, Guglielmo, 54, was found lying face down in a pool of his own blood, a single stab wound to his chest, police said. His then 14-year-old daughter called 911 at 5:25 a.m. to say an intruder broke into the house and attacked her father, police said.
A bloody kitchen knife was recovered in another room and a trash can was found pushed up to a window with a cut screen, police said in the days following the murder. Forensic evidence showed that Guglielmo's death occurred several hours before the phone call.
At the time his daughter was identified as a person of interest, according to Port Chester Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski. No other suspects have been named in the year since then.
“I’ve met with the police several times and of course they tell me what they can. There’s only so much they can tell me because it’s an open investigation,” the family member said. “I have personally met with them. I’m waiting for phone calls back now. They can only tell me what they can, which is basically nothing.”
Guglielmo was a plumber who lived alone with his daughter in their home at 235 Mortimer St. in Port Chester. The daughter’s mother, who is divorced from Guglielmo, took custody of the girl following Guglielmo’s death. The teen began high school in Mt. Vernon this year. Krzeminski said last year that police had previously responded to incidents involving Guglielmo and his daughter, though he could not specify any details.
The woman speaking for the family expressed her great frustration with Port Chester Police, who are continuing investigations into the murder along with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office. She said she called weekly,then monthly following the killing. She said she has not heard any information back in two months.
“At least give me the common decency of calling back and saying there is no news instead of not just calling me back,” she said.
Lt. Jim Ladeairous, spokesperson for the Port Chester Police Department, said detectives gave the District Attorney’s office whatever information they could on their end. “They have to make the decision which way they’re going to go with it,” said Ladeairous. “If something new comes up, of course we’ll investigate, but nothing seems to have come up at this point. It’s more in the D.A.’s hands than ours.”