Scott Hapgood, his wife and three young children were on vacation in Anguilla when he says he was attacked by a hotel worker who tried to rob him last month.
It was their first trip abroad to the Caribbean island. Video released by the family shows the patriarch splashing in the hotel pool with his daughter. The family says it all turned into a nightmare after a knock at their hotel room door.
Hapgood claimed 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel, a maintenance man at the Malliouhana hotel, came to the family's room unannounced saying he needed to fix a sink.
Hapgood said the victim then pulled a knife on him in an apparent robbery attempt. Hapgood's wife wasn't in the room, but his two daughters were present.
“When Scott and our family went on vacation, we never thought he would end up defending himself and our young children against an armed intruder,” the family’s statement says. “[He] did what any parent would do, defend himself and his children.”
Hapgood has been charged with manslaughter. He was released after posting $74,000 in bail and has since returned to his job at UBS in New York City.
Mithcel was a married father with a 2-year-old child. His autopsy report states he died of asphyxiation and blunt-force trauma.
Mitchel's father appeared on an island radio show saying his son is not guilty of what Hapgood claims.
"That is not the Kenny we knew. This is not something Kenny would do,” the father said.
Hapgood is due in court in August.