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Man Who Had Done 'Odd Jobs' For Stamford Woman Charged In Her Murder

Robert Simmons
Robert Simmons Photo Credit: Stamford Police Department

Stamford Police have arrested a city man for the murder of a 93-year-old woman found dead at the bottom of a staircase.

Robert Simmons, 51, of Stamford, was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 20, for the Wednesday, Sept. 25, murder of Isabella Mehner, said Stamford Police Lt. Michael A. Noto.

Polic found Mehner at the bottom of a staircase after being asked to make a wellness check. 

When officers responded to the home it appeared that she had have fallen down the staircase. 

Through further investigation and with the assistance of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner it was determined that the injuries sustained by Mehner were not consistent with a fall down the stairs and her death was classified as a homicide, Noto said.

Noto said the department's Bureau of Criminal Investigations worked tirelessly on the case including Sgt. Christopher DiCarlo, and officers Michael Longo, Angel Gonzalez, and Christopher Friel.

"Through old-fashioned police work combined with some 21st Century investigative techniques and the assistance of the State of Connecticut Crime Lab, we were able to identify Robert Simmons as a suspect in this case and collect numerous pieces of evidence linking him to the crime," Noto said.

Noto added that the crime was not a random act of violence and that Simmons was familiar with the victim and had done "odd jobs" around her home.

"The Stamford Police Department is very proud of the efforts of all our Officers that put countless hours into this case," he said. "It is our hope that this arrest can bring some peace to the family and friends of Isabella Mehner."

Simmons was charged with murder, felony murder, and home invasion.

He is being held on a $2 million bond.

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