A Staten Island man charged with murdering his elderly parents, then cutting up their bodies, will undergo psychiatric tests to determine if he is fit to stand trial, a judge ruled.
Thomas Camerlengo, 27, shirtless and covered with blood, was arrested by police after a brief chase through the Graniteville neighborhood where he lived most of his life.
Police say he killed the couple, who had adopted him at age 2, decapitated them and threw their severed heads down a storm drain near their home.
He was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Neighbors said Camerlengo had a history of mental illness and was recently released from a Rockland County psychiatric facility.
The bodies of Anthony Camerlengo, 75, and his wife, Ann, 73, were found Tuesday night when the couple's nephew, Peter Camerlengo, 26, came over to look for something belonging to him and apparently interrupted his cousin as he was trying to hide body parts, Detective William Wallace said.
The suspect tried to close an automatic garage door on his cousin but he managed to squeeze underneath and immediately noticed the suspect's bloody clothes. The two struggled, Camerlengo bolted, and the cousin called police, who arrested Camerlengo soon after.
The couple's headless bodies were found about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the basement of their home. Wallace said both had been repeatedly slashed and Anthony Camerlengo's legs were also severed. One leg was found near the body. The other was tossed over a fence near an expressway across the street from the Camerlengo's home, he said.
The couple's heads were found Wednesday in a storm drain about 10 houses away, Wallace said.
The handle of a Swedish bow saw was found in the basement near the bodies. Its bloody blade was recovered in an upstairs bathroom. Sgt. Nick Vreeland, a police spokesman, said the room was also splattered with blood. Four knives, also believed to be used in the attack, were recovered.