Greenwich police arrested Michael Demaio for attempted murder after he allegedly bludgeoned his wife with a baseball bat Tuesday, according to the police. The victim was transported to Stamford Hospital for several blunt force injuries and remains in critical condition. Demaio, 55, was arrested on the scene and held overnight on a one million bond, police report.
Greenwich police officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic dispute between a husband and wife at 261 Round Hill Rd. at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The argument had allegedly escalated to a point where Demaio, 55, beat his wife into critical condition, police said.
Demaio was charged with Criminal Attempt at Murder and Assault in the First Degree and arraigned in Stamford Superior Court Wednesday morning, according to Greenwich Police public information officer, Lt. Kraig Gray.
The incident took place on the second floor of the family's mansion and neighbors did not hear anything, according to Police Chief James Heavey.
At the time of the incident the victim's mother was also present. The couple has grown children who were not home at the time, Gray said. The investigation is still early and Gray indicated he does not know if the suspect has any other previous arrests or convictions.
"The Greenwich Police Department does take domestic violence seriously and this was clearly a domestic incident," Gray said. "We do have a dedicated domestic violence unit that is spread out throughout the squad that responds to homes within the town of Greenwich hopefully before it gets to this situation."
Gray said that other victim's of domestic violence or concerned friends and family can reach out to YWCA's domestic violence hotline and remain anonymous.
Heavey emphasized that domestic violence is an unfortunate part of life.
"Even in Greenwich we respond over 200 times a year to various types of domestic violence cases," he said. "We have an especially trained and equipped team that responds to those."