Police are questioning a 20-year-old person of interest in connection with a double stabbing on Staten Island. They say a 67-year-old man was killed, and his wife hurt, when they returned home to find a burglar in their house. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.
Neighbors in the Rossville section of Staten Island are shaken by the news that 67-year-old Peter Gialluisi was stabbed to death—and his wife injured—by a man who'd broken into their home.
"It's unfair for the family. It's terrible for the neighborhood. People feel unsafe now," said one neighbor.
"It put me in fear now. I was never fearful in this neighborhood, it was always quiet, no problems. Now my doors, my alarm is on 24/7," another said.
Police say they were called to this home on Venus Place just before 10 p.m. Sunday to investigate a report of an assault in progress.
They found the couple inside.
Peter Gialluisi—who'd had a stroke and used a walker to get around—was pronounced dead at the hospital.
His wife, Vincenza, also taken to the hospital with stab wounds to her neck, head and back.
"I never saw so many police responders at one time—ambulances. It was incredible. The forensic evidence team came by. They didn't deserve that," another neighbor said.
Neighbors say the couple may have been grocery shopping. Police say they walked in and encountered the burglar.
Neighbors said Peter Gialluisi worked in banking before settling into a quiet retirement where he liked to spend time with his family and in the yard.
People on the block say the stabbing has shattered their sense of security.
"It's a quiet neighborhood. I leave my doors open all the time, too. But now it's an eye opener for the kids. You can't do that any more," another neighbor said.