Berks County, PA- Christopher R. Tucker, 34, of Albany Township, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, state police said. She was last seen by her family Monday.
Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his Berks County home some time between Monday and Tuesday. She said no and then told him she was involved with other men. Tucker allegedly told police he then snapped, choking Serino until he thought she was dead. He then poked her eyes out, snapped her neck and beat her with a hatchet, police said.
He wrapped Serino in a rug and left it in his home as he fled to Illinois, police said.
Authorities in Champaign County, Illinois, picked Tucker up at a truck stop after he tried to break into a farmer’s combine and took him to a hospital for evaluation. There police executed an arrest warrant from Pennsylvania State Police.
Troopers searched Tucker’s home following his confession to detectives and found Serino’s body. He’s being held in an Illinois jail.
Attorney information for Tucker was not immediately available. State police are working to extradite him back to Pennsylvania.