Police: Granddaughter found covered in blood at Enfield double homicide

ENFIELD — A woman has been arrested after she was found “soaking wet” and covered in blood in the apartment where her grandmother and her boyfriend were fatally attacked Sunday night, according to a police incident report.

Police said Samuel Bell, 63, and his girlfriend, Maryrose Riach, 72, died from their injuries sustained in the Alden Avenue apartment.

Riach’s granddaughter, Harlee Swols, 22, of Enfield, has been charged with violating a protective order, which police said stemmed from a July incident at the apartment.

Harlee Swols, 22, of Booth Road in Enfield, Conn., was arrested Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, after an incident at an Alden Avenue apartment that left two people dead. She was charged with violation of a protective order.

Harlee Swols, 22, of Booth Road in Enfield, Conn., was arrested Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021, after an incident at an Alden Avenue apartment that left two people dead. She was charged with violation of a protective order.

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Police responded to the Alden Avenue apartment around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when a neighbor called 911 after hearing someone yelling for help, the incident report said.

When officers arrived, they found a large window smashed at the second-floor apartment, the report said. A woman, who appeared to still be breathing, was found lying face down on the floor in a “pool of blood,” the report stated.

According to the report, an officer said he began to kick open the door to the apartment when he saw someone move inside the apartment. He pointed his gun at the person, later identified as Swols, and told her not to move as another officer kicked in the door, the report said.

Police said they could hear the shower running, and Swols was clothed “but soaking wet with water and blood,” according to the report.

Once police were inside, they placed Swols in cuffs and searched the apartment, finding the male victim near the corner of the bed with a laceration on his neck, the report said. He had also been stabbed in his arms and back, according to police.

A file photo of an Enfield, Conn., police cruiser.

A file photo of an Enfield, Conn., police cruiser.

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Police said Bell was pronounced dead at the scene. Riach was rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., where police said she died from her injuries.

Swols was taken into custody and held on a $1 million bond on a charge of violation of a protective order.

Police said Swols is being held on mental health watch "due to nature of allegations" to ensure she's not a risk to herself.

Police said the investigation is ongoing, with additional charges expected.

Swols had been free on $2,000 bond after being charged on July 7 with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree assault of an elderly victim, according to the state judicial website. Police said Monday those misdemeanor charges were in connection with an incident at her grandmother’s apartment.