A day earlier, Holst-Grubbe was released from an addiction crisis center in Middletown, N.Y., according to an affidavit unsealed this week. He promptly stole a BMW, drove it Waterbury and exchanged it for crack cocaine.
The two dealers said they’d give Holst-Grubbe more crack in exchange for a Subaru he already had keys for, so all three set out in the BMW to pick it up in Millerton, N.Y, records show. After pickup up the Subaru, they split up and started driving both cars back to Waterbury.
But as Holst-Grubbe speeded along Route 7 in the Subaru, police picked him up and gave chase, records show. He was driving so fast, though — up to 104 miles an hour at one point — they gave up the pursuit, not once but twice.
The Subaru died in Bridgewater, so Holst-Grubbe went looking for a new car and spotted one in Victor Compe’s unlocked garage, records show
Holst-Grubbe walked into Compe’s home, grabbed a shotgun and loaded it with three shells from a cookie jar, documents show. He then went to the bedroom, pointed the gun at Compe’s head and flicked the lights on to wake the 65-year-old man.
Once Compe was awake, Holst-Grubbe demanded he hand over the keys, documents show. A scuffle broke out, and Holst-Grubbe put a shotgun slug through Compe’s shoulder.More NewsNewsRidgefield math teacher among state finalists for...By Peter YankowskiNewsDanbury's downtown streetscape project begins to lay...By Julia PerkinsNewsDanbury road to close as part of Eversource's project to...By Julia PerkinsNewsPaving begins in Danbury, starting on scenic road where...By Julia PerkinsNewsSurrounding towns turn to New Milford for help with COVID...By Currie EngelNewsFeds: Former Danbury man admits role in $200K car schemeBy Tara O'NeillNewsRidgefield man embarking on 'intimidating' cross-country...By Shayla ColonNewsFifteen Ridgefield affordable housing units have been...By Shayla ColonNewsCOVID rates fall in Danbury area, several towns move out...By Currie EngelNewsCOVID, a movie and Queen: How Danbury's Immaculate High...By Julia Perkins
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The blast blew Compe’s shoulder apart and sheared off the top of the humerus, the bone of the upper arm, documents show Compe survived the shooting and underwent several surgeries to repair his shoulder.
Certain that he had killed Compe, Holst-Grubbe ran for a few blocks and hid in a greenhouse for 30 minutes, where he did some more crack, documents show. He then found a van with keys in the ignition and drove to Waterbury.
He tried to trade the van for more drugs with the same dealers, but they were unhappy with how things had gone and one threatened to kill him with a wrench, documents said.
Holst-Grubbe is being held in lieu of $835,000 bond. His next court date is Feb. 7 in state Superior Court in Litchfield.Media 203-731-3411; @bglytton
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