Updated: April 06, 2020 06:50 PM
Created: April 06, 2020 12:17 PM
GALWAY - It's a quiet neighborhood along a quiet little lake. Hermance Road in Galway doesn't see much police activity.
However, early Monday morning the flashing lights woke Gary and Donna Townsend.
"And I saw bright lights reflecting off our window and I thought it was a fire," said Donna. "So I looked out and I seen many vehicles over at the neighbors."
Townsend says there were police cars and an ambulance.
The way Sheriff Mike Zurlo describes it, his deputies were summoned to 1382 Hermance at about 3:30. They arrived to find 37 year-old-Aaron Malinowski bleeding from the neck area and unresponsive. The sheriff says deputies tried to revive him, but Malinowski didn't make it.
Police say Malinowski's live-in girlfriend was at home at the time and called 9-1-1.
They spent much of Monday talking to her, but aren't ready to say whether Malinowski's death is the result of foul play.
"I'm not going to comment as to what took place until we can get a better understanding," said Zurlo. "We're still sorting through things from our interviews and we'll get our physical evidence together from the New York State forensic unit."
The deceased was the target of a failed murder-for-hire plot in 2006. He was 23 when he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl. A relative of the girl's tried to hire someone to kill Malinowski, but the would-be hitman went notified state police.
Malinowski served his time and according to neighbors had been living here for about three years.
Neighbors who saw the flashing lights Monday morning didn't hear any screaming or fighting.
"No, nothing at all. Quiet. Very quiet," said Gary Townsend.
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