SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. - Police in Deerfield, Mass. have arrested 22-year-old Anthony Repp Friday morning after he allegedly attempted to flee Rensselaer County on a freight train.
New York State Police say Repp is now in custody of Deerfield Police in connection to the homicide of his stepfather in Schaghticoke. Authorities say he fled Rensselaer County on a freight train after the incident Thursday night and was stopped when police received a report he was stowed away in a rail car.
The Rensselaer County District Attorney says he will be extradited back to New York likely on Monday and charged with second-degree murder.
Police received a call for a violent domestic situation in Schaghticoke around 8 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived to the scene at 1445 Route 40 they found 62-year-old Michael Matala deceased outside of the home. Matala appeared to have blunt force trauma.
Police say Repp's mother and wife of Michael Matala, 58-year-old Cynthia Matala, was also found inside the residence suffering from blunt force trauma. She was taken to the hospital immediately and currently on life support.
Repp is the biological son of the Cynthia and the stepson of Michael, and quickly became a person of interest as police learned he was at the residence prior to the assault.
Family members and neighbors reported the possibility that Repp could have fled into the woods nearby the home which led to an extensive overnight search of the area by multiple police units, including K9 units, aviation, the State Police Special Operations Response Team and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
Police then received reports of a burglary around 2 a.m. Friday on Buttermilk Falls Road in Schaghticoke, adjacent to railroad tracks. The burglar took property from the residence and then unsuccessfully attempted to take a car. The items from the home, including a set of keys, were found in the car.
Police believe the two incidents are related. Police are telling residents to check their property Friday morning to determine if there may have been a burglary in their home overnight.
Repp is a 2009 graduate from Hoosic Valley High School. The Rensselaer County District Attorney says he believes Repp was dishonorably discharged from the Army in recent months.
The investigation is active by New York State Police, Massachusetts State Police, along with several local police departments.