JUNE 22, 1998



Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York City Police Department Chief of Detectives William H Allee, Jr., today announced the arrest of a Middle Village man for the murder of his former girlfriend's mother and the attempted murder of her and her father early Sunday morning, June 21, 1998.

District Attorney Brown said, "That which occurred early yesterday morning in Middle Village is difficult to comprehend. Twenty-year-old Heather Grech is in serious condition at Elmhurst General Hospital; her father is also in serious condition in Jamaica Hospital; and her mother is dead. Each suffered multiple stab wounds in what can only be described as a blood bath -- after Heather's boyfriend, Robert Parsell - the father of her 18-month-old son -- allegedly flew into an apparent jealous rage. Heather Grech was stabbed almost two dozen times. Hopefully, Heather and her father will survive.

District Attorney Brown said that the defendant, Robert Parsell, 25, of 64-30 65th Pl., Middle Village, is charged with two counts of murder in the second degree and two counts of attempted murder. He was arrested in Beacon, New York at the home of his uncle at about 1:30 A.M. today. If convicted of the charges he faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison on the murder charge and up to 25 years each of the attempted murder charges.

According to District Attorney Brown, the defendant is accused of stabbing to death 55-year-old Kathleen Grech and stabbing her daughter, Heather, 20, and her husband, Tristan, 54, inside their home at 69-26 61st Road, Middle Village, at about 6:30 A.M. yesterday. The District Attorney said that the bloodshed began because the defendant believed Heather Grech was dating another man. Mr. and Mrs. Grech and their son and grandchild, the 18-month-old son of Heather Grech and the defendant, were upstairs when the quarrel erupted. District Attorney Brown said, "During the altercation the defendant began stabbing Ms. Grech and her parents went to her aid. Mrs. Grech was stabbed to death and her husband was stabbed repeatedly in the chest and arms. The couple's son, David Grech, went to their rescue, chased the defendant out of the house and called the police.

"The fact that defendant was arrested so soon after the crime occurred," District Attorney Brown continued, "is a tribute to the detectives of the 104th Precinct and Queens Homicide Squads with the assistance of members of the Beacon, New York, Police Department."

Assistant District Attorney Neil P. Fenton of the District Attorney's Homicide Investigations Bureau, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Peter T. Reese and the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Gregory L. Lasak, is assigned to the case.

It is to be noted that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.