Richard Engelbrink, 80, was charged with the murder of his wife after someone reported seeing him in the bathroom washing the blood from his hands.
A camera with a doorbell in a Houston home last week captured an elderly man wearing a blue button-down shirt and holding a briefcase in his hand, confused the day the police said he beat his wife to death.
Relatives have revealed that the murder suspect, Richard Engelbrink, 80, was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year.
According to police, barely an hour after Engelbrink was seen in a surveillance video ringing a neighbor's door Thursday morning, he attacked his wife for 46 years and delivered fatal blows to his head with a gun. unknown
Alice Engelbrink, 71, was found next to a fence covered in blood and then died in a hospital.
The couple's neighbor, Matthew Salo, said that when he later reviewed the images recorded with his Ring camera, he saw Engelbrink trying to open his closed door at 10.47 a.m. from Thursday.
According to the owner of the house, Alice stood just outside the frame and could be heard questioning the strange behavior of her husband.
& # 39; I do not understand what you're doing. Why are you acting like this? & # 39; Mrs. Engelbrink demanded.
An hour later, the police were called to the scene on Faust Lane for reports of a domestic dispute.
There, the officers who responded found Alicia lying next to a neighbor's house with a huge head wound.
On Saturday, relatives of the couple publicly addressed the deadly incident and shed light on Richard's medical complications.
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Police were called to the couple's home in Houston after Engelbrink's wife, Alice, came out of the house covered in blood and screamed for help. She died in the hospital
The surveillance video showed Richard's emaciated and hunched figure walking door to door in his neighborhood after the deadly attack.
The neighbors said that the man was asking for help. It was said that his clothes were stained with blood
"Our family regrets the loss of our mother, our father is mentally incapacitated due to a brain tumor," the family said in a statement to the Houston Chronicle. "Our family knows that he loved his wife very much, and we see this as a horrible tragedy, please respect our family's privacy wishes during this time of pain. & # 39;
Neighbors have known Engelbrink's diagnosis since June, when he disappeared briefly and the police had to be summoned to locate him.
Salo, the neighbor of the Ring Chamber, said that Alice told her at the time that her husband had a benign but inoperable tumor in his brain, and that he was increasingly distressed with the doctors.
Salo said he believes Engelbrink did not recognize his wife when he attacked her on Thursday.
The witnesses told ABC 13 that they saw Engelbrink running door to door, looking for help.
The output reported that blood smears were found on several stamps.
A construction worker in the area told ABC that he saw Engelbrink flee from one neighbor's house to another. The worker said minutes later that Engelbrinks' wife left the house of the couple screaming for help. He said he was covered with so much blood that it was difficult to recognize her.
"She was saying:" Help, help, help! "Said the construction worker. & # 39; Blood everywhere & # 39;
The worker said he called 911, but at that time Engelbrink was nowhere to be found.
A construction worker told police he saw Engelbrink leave the house covered in blood and minutes later Alice ran out asking for help
Alice, a successful CPA in the area, was quickly taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, where she died later, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Prosecutors said during a hearing on Friday that a neighbor had let Engelbrink into his home.
& # 39; The defendant came to his house covered in blood. The witness said that the defendant began to wash his hands in the bathroom, at which point he started calling 911 and left the residence, "said the prosecutor.
Later, they found Engelbrink washing his wife's blood in the bathroom of a Chase bank a mile from the crime scene. Police said they investigated and discovered that he had a bloody gun on him.
Neighbors said that after the incident, Engelbrink ran door to door looking for help. Blood was found in the doorbell of several neighbors
Engelbrink was arrested on a Chase bank after he was seen in the bathroom washing blood
Engelbrink was arrested and has been charged with murder.
He did not appear in court for medical reasons, ABC reports, but his charges were read and his bail set at $ 50,000.
Linus Lee, who lives two houses below, told ABC he was shocked by the murder. He described Engelbrink as a good man and said that the couple had lived in the home for more than 20 years.
They recently moved into the house after it was renovated after Hurricane Harvey.