On the small dead end street, with only about a half-dozen houses, neighbors said the younger Anastasi has had run-ins with the law in the past.
“When you saw a police car over there, you knew it had something to do with Stephen,’’ said Jan Gotts, a neighbor who said she baby-sat Stephen and his sister when they were in elementary school. “I know the police were called quite a few times.’’
Gotts also said neighbors regularly called the police when Stephen Anastasi drove down the middle of the road, blasting the music in his car.
“He was the teenager in the neighborhood who was . . . making some bad decisions,’’ said neighbor Michelle Gillis, who has known the family for a decade.
Gillis said Stephen had been acting odd.
“He wasn’t acting like himself. He went to a neighbor’s house, which was different, he doesn’t normally [interact with neighbors],’’ she said. “He obviously was under some distress.’’
Gillis said the father was “a very soft-spoken guy. He cared about his son a lot, but he just wasn’t equipped to deal with what his son was going through. He didn’t put his foot down until it got too late.’’
Gotts painted a different picture of the father.
“He was very high-strung - had a bad temper, you could not reason with him, he thought the world owed him something, being a single father.’’