Man’s death at Brattleboro hotel ruled a homicide

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 10:31 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2020 at 3:56 PM EDT
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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (WCAX) - Police now say the man who died behind a Brattleboro hotel last month was the victim of a homicide. But as our Adam Sullivan reports, authorities remain tight-lipped about their investigation.

Thomas Davis, 49, of Vernon, was found unresponsive behind the EconoLodge in the early morning hours of July 31. When rescue crews arrived at the scene, they immediately began CPR but the Vernon man was pronounced dead a couple of minutes later.

"My hope is that they are trying to get to the bottom of all of this to figure out what needs to be done," said Kathy Lee Bronson, who lives at the motel.

New details about the homicide have now emerged after we obtained a copy of Davis’ death certificate. It states he died of blunt impacts to the head and torso after getting into a fistfight.

Brattleboro Police cited Alex Symanski, 30, with simple assault in connection with the homicide but to date, no additional charges have been filed.

We went to the Brattleboro Police Station Thursday to ask why, but we were told no one was available. Shortly after, the department released a statement saying it's an active investigation and there is no reason to believe there is a threat to the general public.

The motel has been the site of criminal activity in the past. Most recently, a shooting there a couple of weeks before the homicide landed a Mississippi man behind bars on an attempted murder charge.

"There's a lot of drug activity that's going on," Bronson said. "There's a lot of depression here which is what I am seeing a lot of."

Bronson is staying at the motel temporarily after becoming homeless. She was not living there when the homicide took place.

"I think I am safe here but I am seeing this happening all over Brattleboro," she said.

Because Symanski is only cited with simple assault, the affidavit connected to the case is not yet available. When he is officially charged, additional details will likely come out about the incident.

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