'Mossad agent' wanted a station in India to keep tab on Pak

Last Updated 18 October 2010, 06:02 IST

Eric Bellucci, who killed his parents and then fled to Israel only to be extradited back to the US, was apprehended yesterday by the New York Police Department (NYPD).

Bellucci, who was brought back to New York from the Tel Aviv airport to face murder charges, told a friend that he had previously worked with the CIA and Mossad.
He told the friend that he planned "to set up a station in India so I can look at Pakistan," The New York Post reported.

Bellucci was fearful of living in NYC because he feared another Times Square attack.
Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, a LeT operative, tried to blow up an explosive-laden vehicle in Times Square on May 1 but failed and was later arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment after his conviction in the case.

"I had no idea he had a history of medication at all prior to this event," Bellucci's friend said on condition of anonymity.

Bellucci's parents, Arthur, 61, and Marian, 56, were found dead on Wednesday night in their home in Staten Island. The Post reported that their daughter found their bodies.
The American media said Bellucci, who reportedly suffers from schizophrenia, was picked up on Friday after trying to buy a plane ticket to Beijing, and arrived at the JFK airport on Sunday.

The man is in custody and is to appear at an arraignment hearing in Staten Island Criminal Court tomorrow.

"Police believed he traveled to Israel to meet a friend, but were unsure if Bellucci made contact. Bellucci had used a credit card to rent a car upon arrival," SI Live.com reported.
His unstable manner at the Israeli airport made an attendant suspicious who then informed the police. The attendant told an Israeli TV channel that Bellucci was talking to himself.

(Published 18 October 2010, 06:02 IST)

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