Protect yourselves, victim's daughter says with suspect still at large

GREEN SPRINGS A man implicated in the murder of 80-year-old Frank Rios has yet to be arrested or indicted -- causing
Sarah Weber
May 24, 2010

 

GREEN SPRINGS

A man implicated in the murder of 80-year-old Frank Rios has yet to be arrested or indicted -- causing growing concern for Rios' daughter.

Seneca County Sheriff Tom Steyer would not say if and when Patrick Stansbery, who was named in the indictment of an alleged accomplice, Erica Rowe, 22, would be arrested.

"All I can say is it's still part of an investigation," Steyer said. "We're working closely with the prosecutor and the prosecutor's office."

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For more about Rowe, click HERE.

Frank Rios and his wife, Bette "Sue" Rios were brutally beaten by an intruder inside their rural Green Springs home. The elderly man later died from his injuries, inflicted by what is believed to be a baseball bat.

According to the indictment, Rowe aided or abetted Stansbery "to cause the death of Frank Rios Jr., as the proximate result of Patrick Stansbery committing or attempting to commit the offense of aggravated robbery."

Sandy Rios, daughter of Frank Rios, expressed frustration on Friday, but said she believes detectives are doing as much as they can.

"I think they're doing a great job. I do. They are doing the best they can do under the circumstance," she said. "It's good to know even though no arrest has been made, the public is aware of what should have been kept an eye on in their neighborhoods."

Rios said she doesn't know Stansbery or Rowe, but Stansbery lives close to her Clyde home.

"I'm concerned that the name went public maybe before it should have," she said.

Since the death of her father, Rios has been a vocal advocate of personal safety, and suggests single people and the elderly invest in a gun and know how to use it.

"If they don't get these people, if they get off on a technicality or something, it's open season," she said. "They don't want to work for a living. They want what you worked for and what your family worked for for a living... Maybe this will send a message you can't do this."