Freed sex offender charged in fatal home invasion
NEW BRITAIN, Connecticut (AP) — A sex offender recently released from prison brazenly invaded a home, shot two women meeting for morning coffee and abducted one of them, whose body was found about 10 miles away, police said.
Leslie Williams, 31, told police that he entered the unlocked home Sunday morning looking for money and a car, but that when two women inside saw his face, he had no choice but to shoot them, according to an arrest warrant.
Carol Larese, 65, was seriously wounded while her visiting friend, MaryEllen Welsh, 61, was abducted.
According to the arrest warrant, Larese offered Williams $20 and Welsh gave him her car key, but Williams ordered the two into the basement and shot Larese. The warrant does not address the shooting of Welsh.
Larese told police she pretended to be dead, then stayed in her basement for an hour to make sure the intruder had left. She went to a neighbor’s home across the street for help.
“She just told me she was shot,” Teresa Diters said. “She was all full of blood from head to toe. I was amazed.”
Police said they arrested Williams when he crashed Welsh’s car about 25 miles away in Watertown after a police chase later on Sunday.
Welsh’s body was found in a wooded area of Bristol early Monday, Sgt. Darren Pearson said. MORE>>>