GROTON – Wagner Alcocer and his wife were scrolling through real estate listings on their computer Friday evening when they heard a voice asking for help outside their home on Common Street.
The couple saw a man standing in the screened-in porch at the rear of their home. He was naked, caked in mud, and had blood splattered on his face, Alcocer said. The made a stunning confession.
“I need help. I need help. I just murdered four people,” the stranger said, according to Alcocer.
Alcocer, 52, said he looked back at his wife, Thekla, in disbelief. The man must be high or injured, Alcocer thought. There’s no way he killed four people.
“Those words you don’t expect,” he said.
Alcocer said he directed the man to sit down in a chair near his backyard pool. The man agreed, but told Alcocer he first had to open the door to the outside.
Alcocer said he exited the porch and escorted his visitor to the chair.
“I need my sleeping pills,” the man told Alcocer.
Alcocer said he offered him water, which he refused, and then walked back into the house alone. The man sat rigidly in the chair like a statue.
Alcocer said he called 911 at about 5:50 p.m. while Thekla fetched a white sheet. Two officers showed up and spoke to the man. They brought him the white sheet and let him wrap it around his body.
Alcocer said he heard police pepper his visitor with questions. “How did you get here?” “Where did you come from?”
Then, they read the man his Miranda rights before emergency medical services showed up and whisked him away on a stretcher, Alcocer said.
At about 6:30 p.m., Alcocer said a detective came to his door and talked to him about his visitor.
“It looks like what he said is true,” the investigator said.
Alcocer said he was stunned.
“Your neighbors. It’s shocking. At first, I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “He’s just a kid. How could someone have the strength?”
Authorities announced Friday night that four adults, including an elderly man and woman, were bludgeoned to death at a nearby residence on Common Street.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan said Orion Krause, 22, is being charged with four counts of murder for the killings. Also slain were two middle-aged women, prosecutors said.
Investigators haven’t disclosed the names of those killed. They said the victims died of blunt force trauma.
Alcocer said he didn’t know the couple who lived in the homes where the slayings occurred, but noted they liked to walk around the neighborhood in the afternoons. They held hands, Alcocer said, and the man normally stepped out wearing a khaki hat with a wide rim.
Shortly before encountering the stranger at his back door, Alcocer said he, and Thekla went out for a walk, twice passing by the house where the crime happened.
He said he’s haunted by the encounter with the man.
“It was very, very hard to sleep,” Alcocer said. “I have in my head this image of this kid looking at me and saying, ‘I murdered four people.’ ”