Friday, January 20, 2006

Police capture man accused of killing two children

From the Asbury Park Press:

A Stafford Township man, accused of bludgeoning two children to death with a hammer, was arrested at a Garden State Parkway rest area in Wall Township early this morning, following a manhunt by scores of law enforcement officials.

Richard Toledo, a boarder at a Middie Lane home in Stafford's Ocean Acres section, apparently killed 7-year-old Zabdiel Gonzalez and 14-year-old Carlo Gonzalez last night, police said. Toledo then abducted the children's mother and forced her to use her debit card to take money from an ATM, police said.

Police said the episode started about 6 p.m. Thursday. After the children were killed by the suspect in their home, Toledo drove his vehicle to pick up their mother from work. He abducted her, tied her up and took her to a Commerce Bank branch to take money out of her account, State Police said.

A Superior Court judge set the man's bail at $2 million. Why even set bail at all? I realize the likelihood of him coming up with the $2 million or a bond worth that amount is slim, but isn't this the type of guy that should be kept in the clink no matter what.

More here and here.

RIP Carlo and Zabdiel.

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