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Son of murdered SI couple arrested in Israel

A man is escorted by Israeli police after being detained at Ben Gurion International airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, Oct. 15 2010. Israeli police say the man is a U.S. citizen who escaped to Israel after allegedly stabbing his parents to death in their New York home earlier this week. ((AP Photo/Eric Sultan))
October 17, 2010 8:04:22 AM PDT
A man suspected of killing his parents on Staten Island has been extradited from Israel.

Israeli authorities say they arrested 30-year-old Eric Bellucci at the airport in Tel Aviv Friday morning.

Bellucci was literally dragged by Israeli police out of the airport and loaded into a police van, officials said.

He was disheveled, his long hair a mess and a dazed look. The officers carrying him were wearing gloves.

Bellucci was taken into custody by Israeli police at the airport at about 2:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Authorities say he had attempted to purchase an airline ticket on a Turkish Air flight to Beijing, China, via Istanbul. His credit card was rejected, prompting a counter clerk to take notice.

Bellucci told the attendant that he would find another source of money and return for the afternoon flight.

He walked away, and the ground attendant called airport security, saying she suspected she had found a U.S. fugitive.

Bellucci was extradited to the U.S. and taken into custody in New York City early Sunday.

A spokesman for the Staten Island district attorney said Eric Bellucci arrived in the city on Sunday and will be arraigned Monday.

Bellucci's parents, 56-year-old Marian Bellucci and 61-year-old Arthur Bellucci, were found stabbed to death inside their home in Annadale on Wednesday night.

Eric Bellucci's SUV was found at Newark Airport, where police say it was left before he took a flight to Tel Aviv.

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

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


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