New York man faces extradition in Bridgewater home invasion case
Updated 10:37 am, Saturday, October 29, 2016
BRIDGEWATER — A New York man charged with a violent home invasion on Route 133 that sparked a regional manhunt over the summer could be extradited to Connecticut as early as December.
Dustin Holst-Grubbe, 20, of Millerton, N.Y., turned himself in to New York police days after the home invasion that shocked the sleepy town of Bridgewater in the early morning hours of July 30.
Court officials in New York said Friday that Holst-Grubbe recently plead guilty to a third-degree burglary charge in that state and is scheduled for sentencing on the charge during his next court appearance on Dec. 5.
Connecticut officials said that once Holst-Grubbe is sentenced on the charge, his extradition to Connecticut to face charges for the home invasion can move forward.
“We’ve already lodged a detainer with the appropriate authorities in New York,” said David Shepack, the state’s attorney for the Litchfield Judicial District. “We just have to wait a little bit longer.”
Holst-Grubbe faces a number of charges when he is extradited to Connecticut, including home invasion and assault.
Police began a manhunt for Holst-Grubbe after authorities said he broke into a home near Route 133’s intersection with Wewaka Brook Road and held a shotgun to local resident Victor Compe’s head, demanding his keys.
A short time later, Compe was out of bed and leading the stranger down the stairs of his small, two-story home, as his wife, retired Norwalk Police Officer Samantha Moore, slept. Compe decided to act. He grabbed the barrel of the gun, and during a struggle for the weapon, was shot in the shoulder. Compe was sent to the hospital and survived his injuries.
Compe fled the area, police said, after stealing a neighbor’s van.
Police found in the Compe’s driveway a green Subaru Forester that had been reported stolen earlier in the day in Millerton.
Prior to the home invasion, an officer with the New Milford Police Department had attempted to stop Holst-Grubbe along Route 7 while he was driving the stolen vehicle but broke off the pursuit.