NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two children were safe Thursday afternoon, after being at the center of an AMBER alert that crossed two different state lines.
As CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported, the children’s father was suspected of killing his wife and abducting the two children from a Philadelphia-area home, before committing suicide on Staten Island as police closed in on him.
At around 3 a.m., Thursday, Keith Belajonas, 32, killed his wife, Christina, 28, in their apartment in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, police said.
He then fled 100 miles north with their two sons – Christopher, 5; and Robert, 4 – triggering an AMBER Alert, police said.
“Apparently, the older of the two is telling everybody about a ‘daddy killed mommy’ type thing,” said Upper Darby, Pennsylvania police Supt. Michael Chitwood. “So obviously, it’s very traumatic.”
On Thursday morning, he posted a chilling clue about the motive on Facebook.
Chitwood said it involved “words similar to ‘we had an argument, she was cheating on me, I won.’”
Afterward, Belajonas drove off, passing through New Jersey before arriving on Staten Island. Upon getting there, investigators said he robbed his own brother, who works at a CVS Pharmacy, police said.
As 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported, Belajonas did not threaten anyone with a gun, although it may have been visible.
Belajonas took cigarettes, money and beer, police said. He then left the kids behind and fled the scene, police said.