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French Police Arrest American Fugitive

January 20, 2004

PARIS (AP) _ French police arrested an American man suspected in the slaying of a Philadelphia woman on Tuesday, ending an international manhunt, police said.

The man, Paul Georgevich Goldman, was taken into custody in the eastern French city of Grenoble, police said. The suspect had been staying in an apartment with a Grenoble woman and her child. Police moved in after she left to pick up the child at school.

Goldman, a 39-year-old native of Uzbekistan who lived in Mount Laurel, N.J., is wanted in the stabbing death of Faina Zonis, a mortgage processor he apparently met through the Russian-American community. At some point, the two began an affair.

Goldman faced charges of first-degree murder in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County for the killing.

The case grew more complex this week after the apparent suicides of Goldman’s parents, who allegedly helped him flee overseas.

The bodies of his parents were found in their blood-splattered bathroom in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem. Edward Goldman and Inessa Lemashova had slit their wrists, authorities said. They left a note saying they were disgraced by their son’s conduct and didn’t want to live.

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