Plainville man allegedly asked police officer for gun to kill wife, asked if officer would help

Published on Friday, 12 July 2019 20:39


PLAINVILLE - A local man arrested on a DUI charge Thursday allegedly asked a police officer for his gun so he could kill a woman before asking the officer if he would help him in the murder.

Renald Villardi, 66, said he was going to kill his wife as soon as he was released from custody, according to the police report.

A judge at Villardi’s arraignment on Friday said he also told police he would use rat poison to kill the woman.

Villardi was arrested Thursday evening after he was pulled over near the intersection of Maple and East Main streets, the police report said. He told officers he had just had an argument with his wife, and that he was on his way to pick up alcohol and find a motel room, the report continued.

Police charged Villardi with driving under the influence and interfering with police. He registered a blood alcohol content of 0.16 and 0.15 during two breathalyzer tests, the report said. He admitted to police he had consumed about half a pint of vodka, according to the report.

While in custody, police wrote in their report, Villardi asked if he could use an officer’s gun to kill his wife. He also made a comment about killing the officer, the report said.

Villardi told police as soon as he gets out of custody, “you are going to my house…I am going to kill my wife,” according to the report. Police said he affirmed five to six times he was going to kill his wife, even asking an officer for help at one point.

Villardi was also charged with second-degree threatening and disorderly conduct. He was arraigned Friday in Bristol Superior Court, where Judge John Cronan said he also made a comment about giving his wife rat poisoning. Cronan set bail at $6,000 and continued the case to Aug. 14.

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

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Friday, 12 July 2019 20:39. Updated: Friday, 12 July 2019 20:42.