A crossbow killing rampage in Florida, in which a man murdered his 47-year-old wife and their 17-year-old son, ended with the man slitting his own throat. He had also driven 460 miles in an attempt to find and kill his other son, cops say.
On Monday Dec. 2, a 53-year-old south Florida man, identified as Pedro Maldonado Sr., used a crossbow to kill his wife Monica Narvaez-Maldonado and their son Pedro Maldonado Jr. at their Weston, Fla. home, police say, WFTV.com reported
. Weston is located approximately 13 miles west of Fort Lauderdale.
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The suspect then drove across the state to Tallahassee where his other son, José Maldonado, lives. Once he got there, authorities say the father attempted to shoot his second son with the same cross bow, but he missed. Maldonado reportedly attempted to choke José, an undergraduate at Florida State University; however, the son managed to escape his father's grasp and flee to safety.
"His dad did try to shoot him with the same handheld crossbow and the arrow hit Jose's ear," Dani Moschella, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's department, told WSVN-TV
. "Then his father tried to choke him, and José luckily was able to get away."
José Maldonado did not report the incident to police, and his father subsequently fled the scene to a motel where he reportedly called a friend in Miami and confessed what he had done, according to a Broward Sheriff's report, CNN reported
The friend informed police, who arrived at the Maldonado's home and found the bodies.
Authorities were able to then track Maldonado to a motel about 100 miles east of Tallahassee in Lake City, Fla., where police found him dead in his motel room with his throat slit early Wednesday morning.
When asked what type of family the Maldonados were, neighbor Ana Maldonado, no relation, told WSVN, "They were good neighbors. I never heard anything from the house — no screaming, no fighting, nothing."
It is unclear what triggered the killing spree. According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Pedro Maldonado Sr.'s visa had expired and he was facing financial problems, owing upwards of $3,600 in back rent that he had been ordered to pay by the courts, the Miami Herald reported
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