Virginia man accused of murdering New Scotland PA
The man accused of carrying out a gruesome murder in New Scotland is under arrest. That’s according to the Albany County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Craig Apple announced at a news conference Saturday morning that 40-year-old Jacob Klein was taken into custody in Virginia. Investigators believe he killed 35-year-old Philip Rabadi Wednesday morning.
Rabadi’s body was found when his wife, father, and police arrived at his home to check on him after he didn’t show up for work at St. Peter’s Hospital, where he was a physician assistant. Apple says the victim was discovered in the garage at 120 Miller Rd., tied up, and with multiple stab wounds and mutilations to his body.
The sheriff says they zeroed in on Klein within hours. He’s also a physician assistant with ties to the Capital Region – and Rabadi’s wife, Elana Radin. The sheriff described Klein as a “past acquaintance” of Radin’s, but would not give more detail on how they knew each other.
Apple says Klein traveled here and began stalking the victim three days before the murder.
The sheriff says the wife did not know about the staking and is not considered a suspect in her husband’s murder.
"We’re really thinking about the families at this point," Apple said,
He also says Rabadi did not know Klein.
With the help of the FBI, investigators were able to track Klein’s movements in the area. The sheriff also gave credit to information they got from neighbors, including video from Ring and Nest cameras on nearby homes.
"Residents of Miller Road, they were invaluable with the information that they witnessed," Apple said. "We were able to get a very good jump on this investigation because of the residents of that road."
Radin went to work early Wednesday morning. Rabadi was not scheduled to work for another few hours, Apple said. Investigators believe it was during that time that Klein arrived at the house and the murder took place.
Radin called police and asked them to check on her husband when she found out he didn’t show up for work. She arrived at the home with Rabadi’s father at the same time police got there.
Apple did not comment on a possible motive.
Klein was found Friday driving in Virginia, just over the state line from Tennessee. He’s charged with second-degree murder. The sheriff says more charges are expected. Klein’s being held in Virginia, where he will be arraigned on Monday and will be moved to Albany later in the week.