Third suspect sought in Rocky Hill homicide after two New Britain residents were charged

Published on Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:46


ROCKY HILL -- State police have a warrant charging a third person in connection with the murder of an elderly Rocky Hill man in which two New Britain residents already face charges.

State police on Thursday said Melissa Feliciano, 31, is wanted for felony murder, murder, first-degree robbery and sixth-degree larceny.

She has been described as standing about 5 foot, 2 inches tall, weighing about 85 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. State police said it is unknown if she is in possession of a weapon. Anyone with information on Feliciano’s whereabouts has been encouraged to contact Detective Scott or Troop H Major Crimes at 860-534-1000.

Feliciano is wanted in connection with the killing of Robert Iacobucci, 75, of 60 Pondside Lane.

The state police report used for the arrest of Franklyn Cruz, 42, and Madeline Dickey, 35, of 39 Chapman St., New Britain, indicated the couple and Feliciano were at the victim’s home late Sunday into early Monday in an attempt to extort money and other valuables from him.

Cruz and Dickey were later found in possession of the elderly man’s car in New Britain and were each charged with murder, murder in the commission of a felony, first-degree robbery, third-degree larceny and second-degree burglary. They remain held on bond.

Feliciano, who served as caretaker for the victim, allegedly told Cruz and Dickey the man had no family and was intending on leaving his money to her, according to the police report. While speaking to state police, Dickey told investigators it was Feliciano’s idea to “frighten” the victim into giving them money, the report said.

According to the report, the extortion plot turned violent and ended with the 75-year-old being tied up before he was punched and kicked in the face until he began bleeding.

Rocky Hill police on Monday, around 7:21 p.m., responded to the victim’s home and found him dead with his hands tied behind his back.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:46. Updated: Thursday, 8 April 2021 13:49.