Police: Elderly man tried to kill roommate over electric bill dispute

TIGARD, OR (WCMH) — A roommate dispute over an electric bill has landed an elderly Oregon man in jail.

According to KPTV, Leo Miller, 72, is facing charges for attempted murder and strangulation after police say he tried to kill his roommate, 74-year-old Charlotte Simons. Miller moved in with Simons about six months ago after she placed an ad on Craigslist when she was having trouble paying bills on her fixed income. Simons said Miller became angry when she asked him to pay his half of the electric bill.

Simons told police she was watching television I her recliner when Miller tried to cover her face with a plastic bag wrapped around his hand.

“He thought he could suffocate me with that,” Simons told KPTV. “I played dead. I just went limp, and he thought that he killed me.”

Simons then pulled out her Life Alert necklace to call for help.

According to court documents Simons told dispatchers, “I need police. He’s trying to kill me.” Investigators say when Miller heard her calling for help, he began punching her in the face repeatedly.

“That’s when I reached for his gonads, and I just squeezed them as hard as I could,” Simons said. “If I had a pair of cutters, he wouldn’t be wearing ‘em today.  He’d be at the hospital.”

Tigard Police responded to the home and arrested Miller. Simons was taken to an area hospital, where she spent two days recovering from her injuries.

Miller pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday. He is expected to appear in court again in March.


NBC4i.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s