Cops: Brentwood Man Attempted Suicide After Suffocating Mother

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a 69-year-old man tried to kill himself after suffocating his mother on Long Island.

Juan Gonzalez was arrested Friday and charged with second-degree murder.

Suffolk County police responded to a call at a home in Brentwood, where they found 98-year-old Teresa Astete dead in her bed.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan has more on the disturbing allegations

Police told 1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan that Gonzalez suffocated Astete on Sunday in the home the two shared, and then stayed with the body on Friday, when he tried to commit suicide by taking pills and cutting himself.

When the suicide attempt failed, police said Gonzalez called his sister, who called 911. The responding officers then found the Astete’s body.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports on the crime that shook up a quiet neighborhood

One neighbor was shocked at the allegations, saying he saw Gonzalez all the time and believed it was a loving mother-son relationship.

“I don’t know if he did anything – all I know is this guy loved his mother,” the neighbor told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall. “We see the guy almost every day. Every time I see him, I see him with his mother.”

Other neighbors told Hall that Gonzalez was mentally ill.

Police said the mother was not in good health.

Gonzalez was treated at a nearby hospital and was scheduled for arraignment at a later, unspecified date.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • sandra

    honestly I cant believe how people can think this old man kill his mom he used to take care of her for so many years he used to love her so much, in my opinion what happened was that he probably got depressed after he saw his mom dead in her bed and since she was all he got cause there was not that many people who actually care for him that he decided to take his life. probably that was his worse mistake because now police think he did kill his mom and then try to commit suicide. I knew this guy and to me he doesnt look like a bad guy or one that actually will kill his mom. I may be wrong but I really dont think he kill her

  • Graham

    He obviously didn’t do it for the money (tried to kill himself) , propably a mercy killing. Said he loved his mom and she was in bad health. I feel for him.

  • kendra

    yeah that iis just what it sounds like to me so he should be treated at a mental facility and monitered closely for signes of suicide before he really hurts himself or others around him.

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