New Fairfield Police and Connecticut State Police - Troop A in Southbury have just announced the arrest of a 73 year old New Fairfield resident following an investigation into disturbing allegations of elder abuse, reckless endangerment, and cruelty.

On Wednesday, June 12, 2024, Officers from New Fairfield and CSP Troop A in Southbury responded to a report of an active disturbance at a residence in New Fairfield. Responding officers were advised that Giovanni Grillo, 73, of New Fairfield, had turned off the electricity to an apartment located on the premises. Further investigation showed that the occupant of the apartment was dependent upon medical equipment in that apartment to maintain their health. During the investigation, Grillo allegedly expressed that he wanted the occupant to vacate the apartment.

Officers confirmed that the occupant was ok and requested EMS to respond as a precaution.

Investigating officers discovered that Grillo allegedly admitted that he had deliberately interfered with the power supply of the apartment in hopes that the medical equipment would not function, and doubled down in acknowledgement when he was asked if he understood the ramification of his alleged actions.

Grillo was then taken into custody and transported to the New Fairfield Police Department, where he was processed and charged with:

  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Reckless Endangerment, 1st Degree
  • Assault of an Elderly Person, 3rd Degree
  • Intentional Cruelty to Persons

Grillo is being held on a $20,000 cash/surety bond, and was transported over to the Connecticut Department of Corrections. Grillo was scheduled to appear to face the charges yesterday, 6/13/24.

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