Murder suspect in custody after Blair County stabbing

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — One person is in custody as state police investigate a homicide that occurred in Frankstown Township, Tuesday, July 27.

Pennsylvania State Police Hollidaysburg was dispatched to the 100 block of Frankstown Sportsman Road for reports of a 24-year-old male, Suryadev Aswathappa, who stabbed himself early Tuesday morning. Once state police arrived, the victim was found dead in the basement of the residence, according to the press release.

Suryadev’s brother, Vasudev Aswathappa, 18, called 911 claiming that he found his brother dead after he committed suicide by stabbing himself, according to state police.

Vasudev Aswathappa, 18

Vasudev was taken into custody at the scene and later confessed to stabbing his brother, Suryadev, and tampering with crime scene evidence. According to the criminal complaint, Vasudev, stabbed his brother multiple times including on his back.

Vasudev told state police after the stabbing occurred, he walked out the front entrance of the residence, cleaned the knife off with a tissue, and threw the weapon along with his bloody socks into the woods off of the driveway.

He then went back into the residence to wash his clothes and to grab another knife to place on the bed next to the victim to make it look like Suryadev stabbed himself. Vasudev dipped this new knife in blood and placed the knife on the bed before exiting the residence, according to the criminal complaint.

In an interview with state police, Vasudev said he went into the basement to confront his brother about ruining his childhood with alleged mental and physical abuse. This confrontation turned violent leading to Vasudev stabbing his brother.

Aswathappa was charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and recklessly endangering another person.

He awaits his arraignment in Blair County Prison.

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