SCHAGHTICOKE - Police have taken a 22-year-old Albany-area man into custody after his stepfather was found bludgeoned to death and his mother was found severely beaten.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, State Police in Brunswick report they were dispatched to a 911 call from a distraught female at 1445 State Route 40 in the Town of Schaghticoke. State troopers arrived within minutes of the 911 call and discovered one male and one female on the front lawn of the residence, both victims of an assault.
Troopers pulled the victims to a safe location amid reports a suspicious subject was still in the area.
The male victim, 62-year-old Michael A. Matala was transported by Hoosick Valley Rescue Squad to St. Mary's Hospital in Troy where he was pronounced dead. His wife, 58-year-old Cynthia Matala suffered severe head injuries and was transported by Hoosick Valley Rescue Squad to Samaritan Hospital in Troy and later transferred to Albany Medical Center Hospital in critical condition.
State police determined that 22-year-old Anthony Repp, the son of Cynthia Matala, was a person of interest and had been at the residence prior to the assault.
Family members and neighbors reported the possibility that the perpetrator could have fled into the woods near the home, which led to an extensive overnight search of the area by State Police uniform patrols, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, K9 units, aviation and the State Police Special Operations Response Team.
Early Friday, state police responded to a call of a burglary complaint at a nearby residence adjacent to railroad tracks. An investigation revealed that someone had broken into the home and stole keys to several vehicles at the residence. One set of keys was discovered inside one of the vehicles.
Later, at 7 a.m. today, police in Deerfield, Mass., received a report of a person stowed away in a rail car. That person eventually identified himself to Deerfield Police as Anthony Repp and indicated he was involved in a crime in New York State. He was immediately taken into custody.
New York State Police sent a team of investigators to Deerfield, Massachusetts and are in the process of having Repp extradited to New York where he will be charged with second-degree murder.