UPDATE: Boys Safe, Suspect Dead After Drexel Hill Woman’s Murder
[UPDATE 8:06 a.m.] Keith Belajonas, suspected of murdering his wife in Drexel Hill overnight, is apparently dead of a suicide.
Update on manhunt: man found dead in his car in Staten Island Apparent suicide. More to follow…
— Michael J. Chitwood (@ChiefMChitwood) August 7, 2014
[UPDATE 7:46 a.m.] The boys are safe.
Just before 7 a.m., Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood provided an update, saying police in Staten Island report that Belajonas apparently held-up a CVS Pharmacy in Staten Island and released the boys unharmed. They’re in police custody.
“The information that we’re getting from Staten Island police is that the guy we want for the murder here held-up a CVS in Staten Island,” Chitwood said. “The employee that he held up allegedly is a family member. After he held them up at gunpoint, he then left the kids behind and he took off. He’s also alleged to have some type of posting on Facebook or some type of social media that he had a fight with her over here, and that he won the fight.”
The search for Belajonas continues.
Police are also pointing this photo of Belajonas, which is on what appears to be his MySpace page:
[Original: 5:56 a.m.]
An Amber Alert has been issued for two Drexel Hill boys this morning after their mom was found dead. Pennsylvania State Police report:
The Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for the Upper Darby Police Department Delaware County.
On August 7, 2014 at approximately 3:00 a.m. two small children, believed to be ages 4 and 6, or 5 and 7 both described as white males, were abducted from Abbey Terrace in Drexel Hill. They were abducted by Keith Belajonas, a white male 32 yrs of age. Belajonas fled the scene with the children in a Nissan Pathfinder, grey in color bearing Pennsylvania Registration JDH7477. This abduction occurred after a homicide at the above location. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
A woman is dead this morning after a gruesome attack in a Drexel Hill neighborhood and two boys are now missing after the incident.
The woman in her 30s was found dead inside of an apartment on the 200 block of Abbey Terrace in the Delaware County community.
Now, authorities are searching for the woman’s husband, who is identified as 32-year-old Keith Belajonas. Police say he took off with two children, boys ages roughly 4 and 6, traveling in a dark-gray Nissan Pathfinder with a Pennsylvania license plate of JDH7477. They’ve also said the vehicle could be an Xterra with New York plates.
Belajonas is believed to be headed to New York.