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Suspect in West Hartford Murder Being Held on $2 Million Bond

David H. Grant is a suspect in the murder of Suzete Berrincha of 60 Westphal Street.

David H. Grant, the suspect in the of a 22-year-old woman Thursday night on Westphal Street, was charged with murder and is being held on $2 million bond, said.

Grant, 25, of 173 Simsbury Road, was expected to be arraigned today in Hartford Superior Court.

Police said the victim, Suzete Berrincha, was stabbed several times Thursday afternoon at her home at 60 Westphal St. Berrincha was found in the basement by officers and was taken by ambulance to Hartford Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police said Grant and Berrincha, a graduate, were apparently in a previous dating relationship.

A neighbor called police about 4:15 p.m. after hearing a possible fight, police said. Grant was seen fleeing north from the home, possibly toward I-84, and police sealed the neighborhood, sweeping through yards and structures.

Grant left his car in the driveway with his passport inside, police said.

About two hours after the initial call to police, Officers Dominic Creaco and James Mahoney of the Community Interaction Team found Grant trying to hide in a garage behind 116 Caya Ave. – one block north from Westphal. He was taken into custody at 6:15 p.m., police said.

Berrincha was a 2010 UConn graduate who reportedly majored in human development and family studies.

The three-bedroom home on Westphal Street, located between Prospect and Oakwood Avenues, is owned by Jose M. and Maria T. Berrincha, according to town property records. The Berrinchas apparently moved into the 1,482-square-foot house in August 2005.

Murders are rare in West Hartford.

In 2009 in West Hartford, Jose Lacouture was accused of murder in the stabbing death of his wife, 23-year-old Gina Lacouture. He pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in May 2010 and was sentenced to five years after successful pleas for leniency.

Ciara McDermott, a Newington police officer, was shot to death in her Ridgewood Road home in a murder/suicide in November 2005 involving a former boyfriend, Victor Diaz, also a state trooper.

William Akin November 04, 2011 at 04:44 PM
For the record: Clara McDermott was murdered in her home on Ridgewood Rd, not Ridgefield. RIP
Ronni Newton November 04, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Thanks for pointing that out, William. I have corrected the street name.
Anne November 04, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Murders may be rare, but clearly domestic violence is not based on the three incidents above . Hopefully the town will take extra steps to educate students on the cycle of violence and bullying. Prevention is easier than intervention.
Amanda Pimentel December 19, 2011 at 05:35 PM
Saying goodbye to my best friend was not something that I had ever planned on doing. During this tragic time the amount of support pouring in has been amazing. I would like to personally thank everyone for all of your love and support during these difficult times. Suzete has touched the lives of many people and those lucky enough to have known her will truly understand the void that I feel without her here, I know she would not want to see us sad but instead would want us to celebrate her life and continue to keep her in our thoughts and prayers. During the last couple of weeks things have gotten tough but because of everyone’s support we are getting through this. Again I want to sincerely thank you on my behalf and on behalf of her mother father and brother. Suzy you’re my rock <3 If anyone would like more information feel free to contact me directly at suzetepictures@gmail.com.

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