Atlanta (Georgia, US), Nov.25 : A Keralite based in Sacramento, California, who was accused of fatally shooting two people, including his estranged wife, in a New Jersey church, was captured late Monday in Georgia.
New Jersey District U.S. Marshal James Plousis said Joseph "Sanish" Pallipurath was captured around midnight Monday in Monroe, east of Atlanta.
According to the Sacramento Bee, the manhunt for Pallipurath was centered on Georgia because the suspect has relatives in the area, authorities said.
Police said Pallipurath, 27, gunned down three people, including his estranged wife, Reshma James, at the St. Thomas Syrian Orthodox Knanaya Church in Clifton, New Jersey, a suburb about 15 miles west of Manhattan.
James, 24 - who family members say, and court records show, was abused by Pallipurath during their arranged marriage - died Sunday afternoon. Dennis John Malloosseril, 25, died that night.
Parishioner Silvy Perincheril, 47, who is James' cousin, remained in critical condition Monday.
Sacramento County court records show that alleged violence dated back at least to the spring and appears to have extended to Joseph Pallipurath's own family.
On May 23, his father, Mathai J. Pallipurath, filed a request for a domestic violence restraining order against Pallipurath on behalf of himself; his wife, Thresia; and their son, Lukose, now 21, records show.
The order, granted by a judge, barred Joseph Pallipurath from coming within 100 yards of those people, their home, and Mathai Pallipurath's workplace and vehicle. The order also required Joseph Pallipurath to move out of his father's home.
On Sunday, Mathai Pallipurath told The Bee he had not spoken to his son Joseph in a month, when the young man departed for Atlanta. He said that he had been urging his son to turn himself in to police.