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March 6, 2013 8:16:10 PM PST
Julio Acevedo, the man wanted for the deadly hit and run in Brooklyn that killed a young couple and later their baby, has surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania.

Acevedo was arraigned on fugitive charges Wednesday night in Pennsylvania. The entire proceeding lasted about five minutes with Julio Acevedo doing more listening than talking.

Police say he was arrested at a mini-mart in Bethlehem, Pa. without incident.

Acevedo will need to be extradited back to New York City to face charges in the crash that killed Nachman and Raizy Glauber. Their infant son, delivered by emergency C-section after the accident, died the next day.

Acevedo, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, said nothing to officers who took him into custody, Browne said.

The surrender, which occurred shortly after 5 p.m., was brokered by a friend , Derrick Hamilton who contacted the NYPD Wednesday to arrange the surrender.

Hamilton met NYPD officers at Grand Central and traveled with them to Bethlehem, PA. It's not clear what Acevedo was doing in Pennsylvania.

Acevedo was given a description of the unmarked police cars that would be waiting for him in the parking lot of the Turkey Hill minimart in Bethlehem.

When Acevedo arrived, he saw the vehicles, walked directly to them and surrendered. It happened at 5:10pm.

Acevedo didn't say a word to police.

Acevedo was being held by Pennsylvania State Police awaiting a hearing.

It's expected Acevedo will be held in Lehigh County prison until his next hearing which is expected to take place on Thursday.

Earlier today, Acevedo's wife talked to Eyewitness News reporter Sarah Wallace, expressing her concern about her husband's whereabouts and the well-being of the victims' families.

"Me and my family and friends would like to bring flowers to the site, to offer my condolences to the Glauber family. I'm afraid, afraid for my safety and my family's safety," Dorothy Acevedo said.

She says she is tortured by the images of last Sunday morning's crash in Williamsburg.

Police say Julio Acevedo was behind the wheel of a BMW that slammed into a livery cab carrying the Glaubers. Acevedo, a felon, left the scene and had been on the run ever since.

Dorothy Acevedo wouldn't discuss any contact with her husband, but she is adamant that he is not the man portrayed in the media.

"He is not a monster," she said.

Julio Acevedo told Sarah Wallace on Tuesday by phone that he was afraid to surrender. He claimed someone was shooting at him and that he was just trying to get away.

Police say the 44-year-old Acevedo was speeding down a Williamsburg street in a BMW early Sunday when he collided with a car carrying the Glaubers, both 21. They died Sunday, while their premature son died Monday.

"I was speeding, trying to get away because I was scared from someone shooting at me," he said. "The cab driver came out of nowhere, and I couldn't stop."

Acevedo said he fled the scene because he was scared. He says that his heart goes out to family, and he does want to surrender.

"This why I am willing to turn myself in, because my heart goes out to all of those people that's feeling like I'm so much of a bad guy, and I'm really not," he said. "I did not know that occurred until I seen the news. Once I seen the news, I said I have to get my attorney ready before I turn myself in."

The call was arranged by a friend of Acevedo.

LINK: WATCH SARAH WALLACE'S INTERVIEW WITH JULIO ACEVEDO Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly knocked down the claim by Acevedo that he was fleeing a gunman who was trying to shoot at him when his borrowed speeding BMW slammed into a hired car carrying the couple.

The couple belonged to a close-knit ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, which is home to the largest community of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside Israel, more than 250,000. They were members of the Satmar Hasidic sect. Raizy Glauber grew up in a prominent rabbinical family. Her husband was studying at a rabbinical college; his family founded a line of clothing for Orthodox Jews.

The child was delivered by cesarean section after his parents were killed. The baby weighed only about 4 pounds when he was delivered, neighbors and friends said. He died of extreme prematurity, the city medical examiner's office said.

The baby was buried Monday near his parents' graves, according to a spokesman for the Hasidic Jewish community. About a thousand community members turned out for the young couple's funeral a day earlier.

Acevedo, 44, was arrested last month on a charge of driving while under the influence, and the case is pending. He was stopped by police after they said he was driving erratically around 3 a.m. Feb. 17. He had a blood-alcohol level of .13, over the limit of .08, police said.

He served about a decade in prison in the 1990s for manslaughter after he was convicted of shooting Kelvin Martin, a Brooklyn criminal whose moniker "50 Cent" was the inspiration for rapper Curtis Jackson's current stage name.

How Acevedo came to possess the BMW is under investigation. The registered owner was arrested Sunday on insurance fraud charges related to the vehicle, but the case was deferred.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)

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