Ten Arrested in Connection to Disturbing Slaying and Kidnapping of Homeless Man in New York

Nearly 100 days after a multi-agency police investigation spanning two counties and two states, New York state and local law enforcement have announced the arrest of ten individuals in connection to the disturbing slaying and kidnapping of a homeless man. On May 20, 33-year-old Thomas P. Rath was reported missing from a homeless encampment in the city of Ithaca, New York. An investigation that began as a missing person’s case revealed a particularly disturbing and heinous series of events, ultimately leading to the discovery of Rath’s kidnapping and murder.

According to State Police Commander Major Jeffrey VanAuke, Rath was forcibly abducted from his encampment on May 20. His remains were found buried in a shallow grave on state land in nearby Tioga County on August 3. The motive for the crime and the cause of Rath’s death have not been released by authorities.

During a joint press conference, Ithaca’s acting police Chief, Lt. Ted Schwartz, expressed condolences to Rath’s family and emphasized the vulnerability of those who rely on the police for assistance.

Ten individuals, ranging in age from 27 to 52, have been arrested in connection to the case. Angelo Baez, Jonathan Glennon, Colleen E. Dillon, Zayne G. Burlingame, Mark F. Beatty, Robert W. Hines, Neraida A. Sobrado-Torres, Jack J. Benjamin Jr., Brelynn B. Vorrasi, and Justin M. Knapp have all been charged with various offenses, including second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping. Additional arrests are pending.

Authorities believe that the defendants knew each other and all reside in the Ithaca area. It is unclear if any of them lived in the encampment where Rath was last seen. While drugs may have played a role in the case, they were not identified as a driving factor.

Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is urged to contact New York State Police.


Author: CrimeDoor


Published by

Recent Posts

Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping of 1976: A Comprehensive Look into the Shocking Crime

 On the sunny afternoon of July 15, 1976, in the tranquil town of Chowchilla, California,…

14 hours ago

Actor Jonathan Majors’ Abuse Trial Begins, Ex-Girlfriend Testifies

Actor Jonathan Majors' trial over alleged abuse towards his former partner, Grace Jabbari, commenced on…

16 hours ago

Two Bodies Found in San Antonio Home, Suspect in Custody

Two bodies were discovered inside a home in East Bear County, San Antonio. The incident…

16 hours ago

United States Sets New Record for Mass Shootings in a Year

The United States has reached a somber milestone with the highest number of recorded mass…

1 day ago

From Booze to Bloodshed: The Prohibition Era’s Impact on the Criminal Underworld

The Prohibition era, stretching from 1920 to 1933, remains an unmistakably distinctive chapter in American…

2 days ago

The Horror Remains 20 Years Later: Memories of Dean Corll (Candy Man) Haunt Survivors

  Twenty years have passed, yet the shadows cast by the chilling crimes of Dean…

2 days ago