RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A Raleigh man has been charged with murder in the death of his grandmother who authorities at first believed fell down the stairs died on Monday, sources and police said.
Andreas Peter Bastas, 40, of the 2300 block of Bertie Drive, has been charged with one count of murder after Renee Costa, 84, died from injuries she suffered after a fall in a home on Bertie Drive on April 29.
EMS crews responded to a residence on Bertie Drive in reference to a woman who had fallen down the stairs. Costa was transported to WakeMed for treatment where she died two days later, police said.
There were no signs of foul play, but detectives received information that led to a follow-up investigation in the case. The investigation – and consultation with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office – led to the murder charge that Bastas now faces.
Bastas is the grandson of Costa, neighbors told CBS North Carolina.
Family members said they’re heartbroken over the death of Costa, who they described as a feisty, strong, loving woman.
She immigrated here from Greece and neighbors said she lived at the home for about 50 years.
Neighbors also said that Bastas lived at the home along with several other family members.
Bastas would get angry with his grandmother, according to neighbors, who also said they never expected anything like what has happened.
Bastas has been arrested eight times in Wake County since 2011.
Police records reveal officers have been to the Bertie Drive home 11 times since 2010.
Bastas has a criminal record dating back to 1992 in Wake County, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.