Police: Brother confessed to killing

A Hollidaysburg man charged in the Tuesday morning stabbing death of his brother allegedly confessed to the crime, according to court documents.

Vasudev Yash Aswathappa, 18, was arraigned Tuesday by Magisterial District Judge Paula M. Aigner on criminal homicide and related charges in the death of Suryadev Aswathappa, 24. Police said Vasudev Aswathappa confessed to the stabbing Tuesday afternoon during a police interview. Vasudev Aswathappa allegedly told police he confronted his older brother about ruining his childhood with mental and physical abuse.

According to police, Vasudev Aswathappa initially claimed that he discovered his brother’s body Tuesday morning in the basement of his residence along the 100 block of Frankstown Sportsman Road, Frankstown Township, after receiving a call from his father to check on Suryadev Aswathappa.

Vasudev Aswathappa called 911 and said his brother committed suicide by stabbing himself, police said.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 8:29 a.m and found Suryadev Aswathappa lying face down on a bed in the basement of the residence with stab wounds to his back and hand. A large pool of blood surrounded the body as well, court documents stated.

Blood was also discovered on the bedroom floor and the hallway, and a knife with blood on it was on the dresser next to the bed, police said.

Search warrants were obtained for the property, and an investigation ensued, police said.

Police said the forensic unit, CARS unit and blood stain/blood spatter analysis were requested about 8:35 a.m. to process the scene.

About an hour later, Vasudev Aswathappa was taken to the Pennsylvania State Police Hollidaysburg station and interviewed, court documents show.

About 2:50 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, police said Vasudev Aswathappa confessed to officers that he stabbed his brother multiple times, including stabbing the victim’s back after Suryadev Aswathappa laid down on the bed about 2:40 a.m. Tuesday.

In his confession to police, Vasudev Aswathappa said he wiped the knife clean with a tissue, then threw the knife and his bloody socks in the woods off the driveway down from the residence, court documents stated.

Vasudev Aswathappa told police he washed his boots off with a waterspout next to the barn and put the clothes he was wearing in the washing machine, the criminal complaint said.

Police allege Vasudev Aswathappa told them he grabbed another knife in the residence, dipped it in blood and staged it on the bed.

A large knife with a white handle was located in the woods off the driveway from the residence, police said, and video surveillance outside the front door of the residence showed Vasudev Aswathappa exiting the residence at 2:47 a.m.

Vasudev Aswathappa was wearing the same clothes in the video footage that were found in the washing machine, according to the criminal complaint.

Vasudev Aswathappa is charged with criminal homicide, tampering with/fabricating physical evidence, aggravated assault — attempts to cause serious bodily injury or causes injury with extreme indifference, aggravated assault – attempts to cause or causes serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon, possession of an instrument of crime with intent, recklessly endangering another person and unsworn falsification to authorities.

Vasudev Aswathappa was denied bail due to the charges, and is to appear Aug. 4 for a preliminary hearing.

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.


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