Previous evidence presented during the trial showed that a downstairs bathroom toward the back of the home had been locked from the inside. Blood was later found on the toilet and around a window above the toilet. Patrol also later found a serrated knife in a cabinet underneath the bathroom sink.
When Strickland and Knight went back into the home and did a quick sweep, Strickland said he did not remember finding the locked bathroom door during the initial sweep.
The officers went upstairs and found a teenage male, Strozewski’s 14-year-old son, in his bedroom with duct tape around his hands and body, Strickland said. The teen’s room appeared to have been ransacked. They then located the calling party, the victim’s daughter, who was shaken up, and did a quick sweep of her room but didn’t find anything, the officer said. Then they made their way to Strozewski’s bedroom, where they found him lying on the bed.
“There was such a strong, strong smell of iron from the amount of blood scattered all over the room,” Strickland said. “I’ve never been to a room where the smell of iron was so strong because of so much blood.”
Strickland said he also observed blood-soaked pillows, the mattress, the walls and a bloody man lying on his bed with multiple stab wounds gasping for air. He was gasping so much that he wasn’t able to talk.
The officers immediately called for EMSA and fire upon entering the room. Upon further examination, they saw that the victim had been bound with black duct tape around his hands, which were up above his head, Strickland said.
The officers swept the home numerous times and noticed that the downstairs bathroom door had been locked at some point and found the bathroom window open, which they peered in, but didn’t find anyone, he said.