ROCKVILLE – Police say a Rockville man confessed he brutally murdered his neighbors and then left town for a vacation cruise to Alaska with his parents.
Police arrested Scott Tomaszewski, 31, late Saturday for the murder of Richard “Dick” Vilardo, 65, and Julianne “Jody” Vilardo, 67. Police in Alaska detained him when the cruise ship pulled into Juneau on a scheduled stop, said Capt. Paul Starks, spokesperson for the Montgomery County police.
Tomaszewski waived his extradition Tuesday, which means he will not fight Montgomery County’s request to bring him to the county to stand trial, said Montgomery County state’s attorney’s spokesperson Ramon Korionoff.
“The defendant waived his extradition (Tuesday), so the judge decided to hold him for us on a no-bonds status,” Korionoff said. “He is going to be picked up by Montgomery County police for arraignment here. There is no set date, but (police) are working on the logistics for that transfer.”
Korionoff said he believes Tomaszewski will be transferred between the middle and end of next week.
According to Starks, investigators found evidence including blood-soaked cash believed to be from the Vilardo home. Authorities executed a search warrant on Tomaszewski’s Rockville residence and his cruise ship cabin on Saturday.
Tomaszewski confessed to both killings while being questioned by authorities, Starks said.
According to Starks, detectives charged Tomaszewski with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of armed robbery and one count of first-degree burglary.
The arrest comes only a day after the heartbreaking funeral for the Vilardos, who left behind two children and two grandchildren.
Relatives thanked law enforcement Sunday for bringing them closure so they can “take the first step on the long road to healing.”
“For the past week, we have known the where, the when and the how; now we know who,” the Vilardo family said in a statement.
Neighbors and friends of the Vilardos also reached out to the police Sunday to express their thanks.
“They were very appreciative and expressed their thanks to Chief (Tom) Manger and Capt. Darren Franke and spoke very highly of the Vilardos, what good people they were and what a tragedy this was,” said Montgomery County police spokesperson Officer Nicole Gamard.
Investigators said they believe Tomaszewski entered the Vilardo home early on Mother’s Day through an unlatched window, brutally stabbed both spouses and left the husband dead in the backyard and the wife dead in the home.
After the couple did not show up for planned Mother’s Day activities with their family, their daughter Katherine went to their house, where she found her parents dead, and alerted authorities, Starks said.
Police also said Tomaszewski had committed more crimes in the neighborhood.
On Easter, a burglary occurred on the same street where the Vilardos lived, and as part of the investigation, Starks said, law enforcement learned Tomaszewski had pawned items on April 20 that had been taken from the burglarized house.
According to police, the investigation on Tomaszewski remains open.
“Our investigation is ongoing. Whether that includes other crimes or not, that’s all part of the investigation,” Gamard said.
According to Starks, once the extradition process is complete, Tomaszewski will be transported to Montgomery County for arraignment.