Violent home invasion on Long Island

September 25, 2009 3:50:34 PM PDT
Police on Long Island are investigating a violent home invasion in Ronkonkoma.Suffolk County Police are offering few details about the crime, which has no apparent motive and no obvious suspects.

The victim called them from the kitchen of the home, where he lived alone, at 1:30 a.m. on Friday. They found him in a pool of blood; he had been stabbed "multiple times," according to one detective.

Because they have been unable to interview him in any extensive way, they don't know if anything was missing from the home. For that reason, detectives are unable to say, conclusively, that robbery was the motive. They say the victim did not recognize his attacker.

There are no outward indications of a break-in, so it is not clear how the intruder got inside. Police say the victim was assaulted in the master bedroom, perhaps when he confronted the intruder, but even that aspect of this is not clear yet.

The victim, Roger Monteforte, 68, is a school bus driver and kept to himself, according to neighbors. Police say he has no recent criminal history. There may be a minor infraction from 30 to 40 years ago, detectives told me, but nothing they deem to be relevant to this crime.

Neighbors at the scene said they did not know the victim, but they were worried for their safety.

Patrols in the area have been stepped-up, but this crime does not fit into any type of pattern, according to detectives.

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