PICTURE OF THE SUSPETS ARREST
Israeli police say they have arrested a 30-year-old man who allegedly stabbed to death his parents inside their Staten Island home and fled the United States.
The international manhunt came to an end when Eric Bellucci was spotted early Friday inside Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, attempting to purchase tickets to China.
Bellucci reportedly arrived in the Middle Eastern nation Thursday morning from a flight from Newark Liberty Airport. He is neither Jewish nor an Israeli citizen, but it is suspect he intended on staying with a friend who lives in Tel Aviv.
A ground attendant at Ben Gurion Airport became suspicious of Bellucci when she observed unusual behavior and his credit card was denied when he tried to buy tickets to China. Bellucci apparently told the attendant he would return in time for an afternoon flight with an alternate source of money.
Bellucci ill remain under Israeli police custody until he is extradited to United States.
Bellucci was sought by the NYPD after the bloodied bodies of his father Arthur Bellucci, 61, and mother Marian, 56, were found by his sister Vanessa at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday. When she walked into the foyer of the home at 3 Poillon Avenue to take her mother to a fashion show, she found a series of blood stains and called police.
When cops responded, they found the bodies of the Bellucis stabbed multiple times, and they found no trace at the scene of Bellucci, who lived with the couple. Instead, their search led to the discovery of Bellucci's SUV parked at Newark Liberty Airport around 1 a.m. Thursday.
Friends of the family say that Bellucci left home about a week ago after a heated argument with his parents, and may have come back in the last few days to retaliate. They and family members say that Bellucci is schizophrenic. They say he was not taking his medication for the mental condition, and his not doing so may have been the issue he and his parents had fought about.
Also, they say, the 25-year-old daughter who discovered the double murder had recently moved out of the two-story contemporary home with an in-ground pool in the back. She had told relatives and friends that her brother's increasingly violent behavior forced her to leave.
"'Oh my God' is my reaction," family friend Gerry Tannucilli told PIX 11 News. She said that she has known the Belluccis since Eric was in first grade. "I know there were problems," Tannucilli said, "But this? It just doesn't make sense."
Bellucci is the CEO of a home health care company, called Caremates, that he owns in partnership with his mother, who was a registered nurse and social worker. His sister is also a business partner.
Now, that Bellucci has been located, his sister and other relatives continue to prepare funeral arrangements for their parents.
The NYPD has also posted a patrol at a home on Eylandt Street near the Belluci residence, where his sister is living with the family of Eric's uncle. That uncle, Joe Ciervo, told reporters at the murder scene that Bellucci had also threatened the life of Bellucci's aunt, Ciervo's wife