CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – Christopher Courteau just might qualify for this year’s Roommate from Hell, if the 22 charges he’s facing hold out.
The 29-year-old man was recently arrested for allegedly abducting the couple with whom he shares a home, shooting at them and beating them for “information” he thought they had.
A disturbing late-night incident has left a local couple feeling grateful to be alive, but they are seeking answers. https://t.co/wPz4IMeIBf
— 8News WRIC Richmond (@8NEWS) June 14, 2022
Chesterfield County Police officers responded June 12 about 3:30 a.m. to a house on Centralia Road to a report of an abduction. Kris Klenotiz and Kayla Hypes, who own the house, told authorities that roommate Courteau had abducted and assaulted them, according to a statement from the department.
Klenotiz and Hype spoke with WRIC 8News about the late-night ordeal. Klenotiz said:
“His mind was saying we had some kind of information. He was torturing me for some information I didn’t have.”
Klenotiz said that while he was being beaten, Hypes was able to get loose and run to a neighbor to call police. He said:
“She saved everyone. She was the brave one.”
According to the Chesterfield Police statement, when the officers arrived, Klenotiz ran out of the house and Courteau went to the home’s second story. Courteau reportedly came back downstairs “wearing body armor and holding a revolver.”
A 29-year-old man is facing numerous charges after he held a couple hostage in their own home and beat them, according to police. https://t.co/m42AmyKZ50
— KWTX News 10 (@kwtx) June 15, 2022
The police said that when he was ordered to put the gun down, he at first refused to do so. He later put the gun on a table and then ran toward a police officer. According to police, Courteau assaulted several officers during a brief struggle before being taken into custody. Courteau has been charged with:
- two counts of abduction
- two counts of attempted capital murder
- three counts of brandishing
- three counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony
- five counts of assault on a law enforcement officer
- shooting into an occupied dwelling
- malicious wounding
- unlawful wounding
- attempt to disarm a law enforcement officer
- possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
- use of body armor while committing a crime
- felony obstruction of justice
The couple said Courteau had been on edge recently but showed no signs of aggression. They said they are still processing what happened.
Klenotiz told WRIC that he and Hypes were tortured for some type of information Courteau believed they possessed. Klenotiz said Courteau put him in a bathtub and beat him and tied Hypes up in another room. Klenotiz said:
“The second shot I thought hit me. I didn’t know. I felt his hand on my face. Then I heard a shot and it was a big gun, then about two seconds later I was still alive and was trying to logically think how I can get out of this.”
Photos on the station’s website show the damage to the house, as well as blood on a floor. Hypes said:
“It looks like he had two different types of bullets. The one has like those spread-out pellets. And then the other one . . . yeah there’s like a lot of damage from that.”
The couple said the night was one they would never forget.
Hypes said she keeps replaying the scenario in her head and said she can’t believe it happened, and that it still doesn’t feel real.
The couple said Courteau had been staying with them for a few years, and Klenotiz has known their housemate since he was a teenager. But that night, Courteau was a different person, she said.
Klenotiz said he’s not mad at his friend. He said:
“You wanna get mad, you wanna be mad, but that’s not the kind of person I am. That’s not why I helped him in the first place. He needs help. He needs to get fixed. Everybody deserves a second chance.”
He is currently being held without bond at Chesterfield County Jail.
Man accused of beating 82-year-old hospital roommate to death with oxygen tank – for praying
December 25, 2020
LANCASTER, CA – A 37-year-old man is accused of murdering his 82-year-old hospital roommate, both of which were undergoing treatment for COVID-19, on the morning of December 17th.
From what law enforcement officials have released regarding details on the case, the murder was motivated by the 82-year-old praying inside of the hospital room.
A #coronavirus patient is accused of beating his 82-year-old hospital roommate to death with an oxygen tank at @avhospital in Lancaster, Calif., last week because he was upset with his Catholic prayers. @iahsshttps://t.co/dZtoPyZszF
— Eric Sean Clay (@EricSClay) December 24, 2020
Details on the case are limited at this time, but here’s what’s been revealed so far.
Jesse Martinez was sharing a hospital room with a yet-to-be-named 82-year-old patient inside of the Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
On the morning of December 17th, the elderly victim was reportedly praying inside of the hospital room – which apparently said prayers upset Martinez.
— LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) December 23, 2020
The two individuals reportedly did not know each other from outside of the hospital.
At some point either during or after the prayers, Martinez was said to have grabbed an oxygen tank and began to bludgeon the victim. The elderly victim was pronounced deceased at 10:20 a.m. on December 18th, the day after the beating.
Investigators now say that Martinez is facing charges of murder with enhancements for elder abuse and hate crime motivations. Bail for Martinez was set at $1 million and his next scheduled court appearance is on December 28th.
Man being treated for COVID-19 at Antelope Valley Hospital dies after being beaten with oxygen tank, allegedly by fellow patient who "became upset when the victim started to pray," @LASDHQ
— KTLA (@KTLA) December 23, 2020
The LASD noted in their statement on the case that the investigation is still ongoing, and asks that anyone with information on the matter to please call the LASD’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.
This is a developing story.
Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further updates in this investigation.
In other related events, this isn’t the only recent murder to have happened at a California hospital recently. Back in August, a man reportedly murdered someone right outside of a hospital back in August.
Here’s that previous report.
San Francisco, California – A man is dead following a fight that took place inside of a hospital lobby on August 11th, which prompted police to request the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect they believed to be responsible for the act.
Thankfully, police have apprehended the suspect – but did not reveal the suspect’s identity to the public.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsbayarea) August 12, 2020
According to police, the altercation took place at around 6:15 in the morning at the UCSF outpatient medical building in San Francisco.
While few details have been released regarding the physical altercation itself, and what allegedly led up to it, police say that shortly after the altercation the victim, later identified as 66-year-old Anton Ibrahim Bajjalieh, walked outside and collapsed.
A nurse nearby was said to have performed CPR on the collapsed victim, but he was later pronounced dead when taken to the ER.
Surveillance images of the suspect have been released by authorities.
Gabrielle Lim, who works at UCSF, noted how she walked into work the morning of the incident, only to find the lobby sectioned off by authorities:
“I saw all this yellow tape and the cops saying you can’t come in here.”
Other employees of UCSF have cited concerns lately regarding the types of characters seen around the hospital.
Jennifer Dudley is one of those employees and recounted an assault she experienced from a perceived vagrant:
“I was attacked by someone who appeared to be homeless or maybe someone who was just released from the ER.”
Dudley further detailed the regularity of vagrants engaging in the likes of open drug use and other forms of debauchery:
“There is a lot of homeless people that hang out in the corridor, they sleep on the benches, I saw people doing drugs in there, exposing themselves in the morning, they come and there is no one regulating the situation.”
Thomas Forbes, a local who happened to be visiting the hospital when asked about the ongoing investigation, stated the following about the case:
“It’s crazy times that we’re living in for sure but outside of a hospital it’s pretty surprising.”
Police have not revealed what specific injuries led the victim to dying after the altercation with the suspect.
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