Anthony Robert "Rob" Taglianetti II, the 42-year-old Virginia man authorities believe shot and killed Clymer School Superintendent Keith L. Reed Jr. as the result of an apparent love triangle, was captured by the U.S. Marshals Service Friday near a national park and forest about 90 miles west of Washington, D.C.
Taglianetti was taken into custody without incident after federal and local law enforcement spotted his 2003 Buick Century and stopped him at about 4 p.m. on the seasonal Woodstock Tower Road in Fort Valley, Va. near Shenandoah Valley National Park and George Washington National Forest. It's an area where authorities believed he had been known to camp.
"We had information the subject was possibly camping here in Shenandoah County," Shenandoah County sheriff's Lt. Wesley Dellinger told the Northern Virginia Daily News. "He was cooperative."
A joint statement released late Friday by Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace and District Attorney David W. Foley stated: "They were patrolling areas looking for the suspect. Officers stopped Taglianetti and he was taken into custody without incident."
Taglianetti was remanded to the custody of the Prince William County police late Friday, the Virginia newspaper reported. The U.S. Marshals Service in Virginia stated Taglianetti was to be turned over to authorities from New York.
Details about any charges levied against him were not immediately available.
Before his capture, Taglianetti had been last seen last Saturday after leaving his Woodbridge, Va., home with camping and survival gear just hours after returning from Clymer, where he allegedly hunted down Reed and shot the school superintendent multiple times outside of his Clymer Sherman Road home on the evening of Sept. 21.
The motive for the killing, sources told The Buffalo News, was Taglianetti's discovery just days earlier of an affair between Reed and Taglianetti's wife, Mary Jenks Taglianetti.
Taglianetti, a former U.S. Marine who was also a licensed hunter and fisherman, was apparently fueled by rage after finding multiple "electronic correspondences" – some of which were lurid in nature – between Reed and his wife, the source told The News.
After two days of confrontations at home with his wife about his discovery, Taglianetti took to the road.
Police said he drove to Clymer, arriving sometime last Friday. He confronted Reed at his home and allegedly shot him multiple times before driving back home to Virginia, where he arrived Saturday morning, according to sources.
Reed, who failed to show up for the 2012 Fall Conference of the State Council of School Superintendents in Saratoga Springs over the weekend, was reported missing after he was unable to be contacted by Clymer School Board members, who also went to his home. A Chautauqua County sheriff's K-9 unit found Reed's body Monday morning about 150 feet from his home, where he lived alone with his dog.
Police recovered Reed's cellphone in Pennsylvania after it was "pinged" and tracked by GPS.
A friend of Reed told The News on Monday that Reed, a divorced father of three daughters, was engaged and soon to be married.
Reed's fiancee, law enforcement determined, was a Horseheads woman, however, not Mrs. Taglianetti.
Law enforcement wasn't initially tipped off to Taglianetti until his wife called Wednesday to report her suspicion that her husband was involved in Reed's death about 350 miles away in Clymer.
That led authorities – which included local sheriffs, the State Police, FBI and other local and federal agencies – to issue bulletins for Taglianetti's arrest. He became the subject of a nationwide manhunt by the U.S. Marshals Service task force before his capture Friday afternoon.
Prior to his capture, authorities issued a public bulletin calling Taglianetti a dangerous man with the skills and supplies to survive in the outdoors, perhaps for an extended period of time.
A wanted poster described Taglianetti as "extremely dangerous: ex-Marine" and stated that his car was "loaded w/ camping & survival equipment."
"Our fear is that he's gone into hiding out into the woods," Foley, the district attorney, had said.
Although they didn't characterize Taglianetti as a hard-core survivalist, along the lines of longtime fugitive Eric Rudolph, investigators reported he was known to be an avid camper and outdoorsman.
"I don't think there's any possible way he could stay out there forever," Foley predicted. By night's end, the district attorney was proven right on both accounts.
Law enforcement from Western New York to Virginia were searching for Taglianetti on Friday, a day after Gerace and Foley publicly announced the Virginia man as the prime suspect in Reed's slaying that has left the small rural community of Clymer in shock. Chautauqua County deputies went to northern Virginia late Thursday to work with authorities there in the manhunt.
Reed was mourned Friday at a funeral service in United Congregational Methodist Church in Salamanca, as the last hours of the manhunt continued for Taglianetti.
Meanwhile, a fuller picture of the suspect's background was developing.
Taglianetti, who often goes by "Rob," is a married father of four children. Taglianetti lives in a subdivision in Woodbridge, a suburb of Washington, D.C., in northern Virginia.
Taglianetti grew up in Mystic, Conn., according to his profile on LinkedIn.com, the professional networking site.
He served in the Marine Corps from 1990 to 1994 in an aviation unit. He was a Marine embassy security guard in Cairo from 1992 to 1993. He later entered the Marine Reserve.
Taglianetti attended Pensacola Christian College in Florida, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history. His wife, Mary, who is from Saratoga County, also attended the same college. They married in 1999 while they were both still in school, according to a marriage announcement her family published in the Daily Gazette.
He went on to earn two master's degrees at the University at Albany, one in public history and the other in information science.
In 2011, Taglianetti was quoted in a story in the Richmond Times-Dispatch about a project in which he and colleagues digitized hundreds of recordings made with Marines by combat correspondents during World War II.
"There's so much that can be learned from these recordings," he told the reporter.
But Thursday, authorities in Western New York said Taglianetti was unemployed. It wasn't clear when he lost his job.
On Taglianetti's Facebook page, there is a strong hint of past marital woes. In 2010, he posted that he had married his wife a second time.
"Rob Taglianetti is thrilled that his wife has decided to come home to him. He missed her and the kids and can't wait to be together again forever!" he wrote.
The wife commented to his post: "xoxoxox."
Her Facebook site, rife with religious connections, included a "like" to an "I Love My Husband" website on June 18 of this year.
The details of how Reed and Mrs. Taglianetti first came to know each other remained sketchy Friday. However, authorities believe they likely met in the Albany-Saratoga Springs area. Reed previously worked in Sherburne, about 110 miles to the west. Mrs. Taglianetti has ties to Saratoga County where Reed was supposed to be for the conference he never made. It's unclear whether the two had set up a meeting there. Further details of the nature of their relationship also was not immediately known.
Other than a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in 2007 that was dismissed, Taglianetti had no criminal record.
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