Police: S.I. Murder Suspect Arrested In Israel

JERUSALEM (AP/CBS 2) — Israeli police on Friday arrested a U.S. citizen who flew to Israel after allegedly stabbing his parents to death in their Staten Island home earlier this week.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said police detained the man at Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport while he was trying to buy a plane ticket. Police are questioning the suspect, who will remain in custody while Israel coordinates his extradition to the U.S.

The NYPD identified the man as Eric Bellucci. His parents, Arthur and Marian, were found dead earlier this week in their Annadale home.

Rosenfeld said police had been searching for Bellucci for nearly 24 hours in coordination with the NYPD. Israeli TV footage showed police hauling an unshaven, woozy Bellucci from the airport into a van. His eyes were shut and he did not resist.

Bellucci is not an Israeli citizen, and it was unclear why he had traveled to Israel.

Liron Cohen, an airport check-in attendant, told Israel’s Channel 10 the man “appeared unstable, spoke to himself and wasn’t sure what he wanted” when he was at her counter.

He tried to buy a one-way ticket on a Turkish airline to Beijing via Istanbul, but his credit card was rejected, she said. When he offered to return with cash, she checked his passport, called her supervisors and security detained him, she said.

The NYPD said it found the slain couple Wednesday night after a 911 call from a relative. Police identified them as Arthur Bellucci, 61, and Marian Bellucci, 56.

Bellucci might be brought back from Israel as early as Sunday, CBS 2’s Pablo  Guzman reported. When he returns, he will formally be charged with the murder of his parents.

The New York Post reported that the couple’s daughter had found their bodies.

“She opened the door and saw blood on the floor in the foyer,” the paper quoted Joe Ciervo, the suspect’s uncle, as saying. “She knew something was bad in there. She didn’t want to go in. She left right away and called 911.”

A neighbor said he believed the couple would still be alive if the law allowed parents of emotionally disturbed adult children more authority.

“I mean, my conversations with his father were deep. And Artie always knew Eric was troubled; and he was trying to get him some help,” the neighbor said.

Police found Eric Bellucci’s SUV parked at Newark Liberty International Airport.

The NYPD said previously that the son lived with his parents and suffered from schizophrenia.

He was once a star athlete at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, and his father was a senior associate at a large real estate company, according to published reports.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • fabes

    @ ronit…spokem like a true zionist!

  • John

    A country in the middle east we can count on….indeed if he were Jewish they wouldn’t extradite him.

    • Jacob

      John, you’re a liar. On April 19, 1999, the Knesset passed an Amendment (Number 6) to the Extradition Act, which permitted the extradition of Israeli citizens who had committed crimes abroad. It divided Israeli citizens into two categories: Israeli citizens who are residents of Israel at the time an extradition request is made and those who are not residents at the time of the extradition request. The former are to be extradited, but then returned to Israel for sentencing. The latter group may be extradited and serve sentences in either the state where the crime was committed or in Israel.

      If you’re going to disparage Israel, John, at least back up your blood libel with facts.

      And fabes, don’t be a mocking hypocrite. I suspect that if it was a palestinian arab spouting palestinianism, you’d be all for it. The fact is, If palestinianism is a valid pursuit, then so too is Zionism also a valid pursuit.

  • lantenec

    “Too bad our relations with them are the reason the rest of the world despises us”


  • Akbar

    Israel = the 51st state.

  • Wonderwhy

    Too bad our relations with them are the reason the rest of the world despises us

  • Ronit

    Thank God we have a country in the middle East that we can count on all the time when we need them !

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