Richard Dabate (pictured), 40, has been charged with murdering his wife in their Connecticut home and then blaming the death on a home intruder who had a voice like Hollywood star, Vin Diesel
A man has been arrested for allegedly murdering his wife and then blaming the shooting on a home intruder who had a voice like Hollywood star, Vin Diesel.
Richard Dabate, 40, was charged on Friday with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, and providing a false statement to police over the death of his wife, Connie, on December 23, 2015.
Connie Dabate was found dead in their Connecticut home with gunshot wounds to the back of her head and her stomach. She had been shot with a Magnum .357 her husband had purchased just two months earlier.
Mr Dabate had been having an affair for seven years and his mistress was pregnant at the time – and he told police a dramatic tale of how his wife died.
He was found by police tied to a chair on the kitchen floor, and that he told officers the deadly shooting was the work of a masked home invader, according to an arrest document.
‘Dabate stated he opened the bedroom door and saw the intruder in the closet looking through things. (He) stated the intruder was about 6’2’, larger than he was, and was wearing a dark green camoflaged suit and mask.
Connie Dabate (left) was found dead in their Connecticut home with gunshot wounds to the back of her head and her stomach. She had been shot with a Magnum .357 her husband (right) had purchased just two months earlier
‘The intruder then noticed he was in the room, and he (the intruder) pulled out a knife. Dabate said the intruder then said something like, “give me your money, your wallet and your PIN numbers, and if you don’t, I’m going to wait here for your wife and kids”.’
It was then the 40-year-old told officers the alleged intruder had a ‘deep voice, like the actor Vin Diesel’.
The document goes on to state Dabate then told police he heard his wife open the garage door about 30 seconds later, despite the fact he had earlier told the officers he entered his room through the same door and the ‘intruder’ was unable to hear him do so.
He then claimed he screamed out to Connie and told her to ‘run’, but the intruder stopped him from further helping her.
‘Dabate stated the intruder used a wrist pressure point to guide him down to the ground… the intruder then got past him and ran out of the room first,’ the document reads.
‘Debate then also ran down the stairs, tripping on his way… he could not see the intruder.’
This is the front page of an arrest document that was released on Friday listing the charges against Dabate
Connie Dabate was found shot dead in her home (pictured) on December 23, 2015. Richard Dabate claimed his wife was shot by an intruder
He claimed to police he was then able to get back to his feet and run into the garage just seconds before his wife was shot dead.
‘Dabate stated he was about four feet from them and running… the intruder then shot the gun, and he thought he saw a flash,’ according to the document.
‘He then closed his eyes and fell to the ground. Dabate stated his ears were ringing, and he thought he heard another shot.
‘Debate stated he then got up, and saw (his wife) on the ground. Debate stated the intruder came towards him and did some sort of ‘pressure point thing’ on his neck and wrist while walking him ‘like a dog’.’
Connie and Richard Dabate are pictured together. Investigators found Richard had been having an affair for seven years, and that his mistress was pregnant
A line added to that part of the report by police said the husband did not explain what happened to the gun the intruder was holding, as he would have needed both hands to apply the two ‘pressure point things’.
Dabate goes on to explain how he was then tied up by the alleged home invader, but was able to fight his way free by kicking a blowtorch towards the man’s head, which allegedly led to him fleeing the home.
He then allegedly crawled to where he had left his keys and pressed a panic button, before waiting a few minutes and calling 911.
When additional law enforcement, including a K-9 unit, searched the home they were unable to find any evidence suggesting there had been another person in the home.
The arrest file, according to the Hartford Courant, then details an affair Dabate admitted to having with a woman for seven years.
The unidentified girlfriend was seven months pregnant at the time of the murder, and Dabate claimed his wife was aware of the extra-marital relationship.
He went even further and claimed he had slept with the woman in order for her to be a surrogate mother, as he alleged Connie was unable to have any more children due to medical issues.
The arrest warrant states Dabate described the situation as his girlfriend being a ‘co-parent’ to the child with him and his wife.
Connie’s family and friends told the Courant there was ‘no way’ she would have agreed to such an arrangement.
Dabate had claimed his wife was aware his mistress was pregnant, and it was planned because Connie (pictured) could not have any more children. Connie’s family and friends said there was ‘no way’ she would have agreed to such a deal
Richard Dabate is pictured being driven away by police after his arrest for murder last Friday
Dabate would later change his story and claim the pregnancy with his mistress was accidental.
The arrest document also states Dabate texted his pregnant girlfriend the night before his wife’s death to say he was getting a divorce, adding: ‘I’ll see you tomorrow my little love nugget.’
The girlfriend told police, according to the Courant, Dabate had told her he was going to divorce Connie in mid-December of 2015.
Investigators also found a section in the ‘Notes’ part of Connie Dabate’s that was titled, ‘Why I want a divorce.’
It then lists examples of several incidents between the two.
Hubert Santos, Dabate’s lawyer, said on Friday: ‘My client is innocent of these charges and he looks forward to being vindicated after a trial.’
Connie’s family said it was thrilled an arrest had finally been made over the brutal killing.
‘I was very happy to hear this news earlier today and am looking forward to getting justice for my cousin,’ Danielle Iammatteo told the newspaper.
The 40-year-old was filmed by Fox61 being driven away in a police car on Friday.
Dabate is being held on a $1 million bond at the Hartford Correctional Center ahead of a court appearance on Monday.