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Police Arrest Man Accused of Killing Nun

March 27, 2003

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) _ The man suspected in a nun’s mutilation slaying was arrested early Thursday morning, days after the woman and another nun were abducted in Georgia.

Adrian O’Neill Robinson, 25, was arrested at a Norfolk fast food restaurant at about 1:45 a.m., police said.

Officers said they had last spotted police him spotted him driving alone on a dead-end street in the nuns’ car early Wednesday. The driver fled on foot into a marsh.

O’Neill was taken to a hospital to be treated for minor injuries he suffered in the escape, said Chris Amos, a Norfolk police spokesman.

``Apparently he got scraped up,″ Amos said.

Police said human remains were discovered in the car, but did not describe what they were.

A half-hour after the escape, near Virginia Beach, the body of Sister Philomena Fogarty, who was in her 60s, was found in an office building parking lot. Authorities said her head, hands and feet had been cut off.

The other nun, 72-year-old Lucie Kristofik, was found Tuesday at a Norfolk hotel. She told authorities Robinson had left the motel sometime Tuesday with Fogarty.

Amos has said Robinson is the primary suspect in Fogarty’s slaying. He also said a rifle was found in the hotel room.

Police had searched for Robinson since Sunday, when they say he shot his 56-year-old father, Henry, at the home they shared in the western Georgia town of Hamilton.

Family members told authorities that Robinson accused his father of sexually assaulting him before shooting him 16 times. He then allegedly abducted the nuns, apparently to use their car.

Kristofik told investigators that the two women came home Sunday to find Robinson inside their home. She said he took $900 in cash, bound and gagged them, put them in their car and drove to Norfolk, some 570 miles away.

``We don’t know if there are any indications that he knew two old ladies would pull up or if this was a sheer crime of opportunity on his part,″ Amos said.

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