Leads pursued in case

WARREN – The mother of a man killed at their northwest side home last week told a city police dispatcher that her son yelled upstairs to her that he was bleeding and told her to call the police.

Later, when Donatina Bufano yelled down to her son, he didn’t answer.

On a recording of the 911 call, the 85-year-old mother can be heard hysterically recounting some of last Thursday evening’s events to a Warren police dispatcher. She said that someone had come into the 1341 Bingham Ave. N.W. home she shared with her 55-year-old son, Dominic “Dino” Bufano, through the outside cellar door to the downstairs area where he stayed.

Warren police Capt. Robert Massucci on Tuesday said investigators are “pursuing leads.” No one has been arrested.

On the recording Bufano tells the dispatcher she does not know who came into the house, that she never saw anyone and didn’t know why they were there. She tells police that no one came upstairs. She says she heard a struggle downstairs.

“He told me, ‘Mom. Call the cops’ and … I didn’t know what was going on,” Donatina Bufano says. “He yelled. He yelled. He’s bleeding.”

The mother’s distraught cries can be heard throughout the call as the dispatcher repeatedly tries to calm her. She screams during a moment when police apparently gave her the news that her son had died.

“Why did they do that? Why … oh please dear God.”

It still remained unclear on Tuesday whether the puncture wounds Bufano apparently suffered in the struggled caused his death.

Police found Bufano dead in the basement. Donatina Bufano, who uses a wheelchair, said she was upstairs in the Cape Cod-style house when she heard the commotion in the basement. She called 911 around 7:30 p.m.

Police said there didn’t appear to be any forced entry, but that it appeared to be a home invasion.

An autopsy to determine Bufano’s cause of death was completed on Friday. However, police are waiting to receive an official ruling from the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office before releasing any information. Detectives are investigating the death as a homicide.

The case was assigned to an outside coroner because Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk has been out of town.

Police have not said whether they recovered a murder weapon. News reporters at the Bufano residence on Friday found a knife outside in a grassy area near the house where a witness said he saw an unknown man walking Thursday evening. A neighbor told reporters he had cleared weeds and grass from that area on Wednesday, and that the knife was not there at that time.

Reporters called police back to the scene and officers collected the knife as evidence, but did not say whether it could be linked to the killing. Police logged it into evidence as connected to the crime.