Christopher Tucker a Pennsylvania man admits murdering 19 year old teen, Tara Serino after she refused his marriage proposal and told him she was having sex with other men.
Christopher R. Tucker a 34 year old Berks County, Pennsylvania man has been arrested after snapping the neck of a 19 year old woman he was involved with along with gouging her eyes out after she turned down his marriage proposal on Halloween.
NBC Philadelphia reports the wanted man’s arrest taking place at a truck stop in Illinois after fleeing the gruesome murder scene which took place at the man’s Albany Township home.
Upon his arrest, Tucker was booked on charges of murder and criminal homicide in the slaying of Tara M. Serino, according to state police.
Investigators say Tucker asked Serino to marry him, some time between October 30 and October 31 after the woman had traveled to his place of residence just after midnight.
According to a confession from the wanted man, teenager told Tucker ‘no’, revealed to him that she was having sex with other men. She also allegedly made an offhand remark that Tucker should ‘just kill her.’
Following his arrest, Tucker told of ‘snapping’ following the rejection, proceeding to choke Serino, break her neck, then poke out her eyes before beating her with a hatchet and a 25-pound weight plate.
He then wrapped the woman’s body in a rug and fled to Illinois.
Authorities in Champaign County, Illinois, apprehended the fugitive at a truck stop after Tucker allegedly tried to break into a farmer’s combine machine, with the farmer still inside. Upon his arrest, The Morning Call reported Tucker being taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.
A sheriff’s official said the wanted man was acting strangely and was not making sense reported Lehigh Valley Live.
A search of Tucker’s home in led to the discovery of the woman’s lifeless body in a bedroom. Her injuries appeared consistent with Tucker’s confession.
Christopher Tucker confesses to snapping after missing woman’s father seeks answers.
Tara’s father, Fred Serino, told police he last saw his daughter at 12.38am on October 30 when she went out, promising her parents to give them a call later to tell them she was fine. That call never came.
At 9.30pm on October 31, the father called state police in Hamburg, asking them to perform a welfare check at Christopher Tucker’s home.
Troopers were dispatched to the address but could not reach anyone inside the house.
The next day, Fred Serino got a visit from Tucker’s father, whom he did not know. John Tucker said he had been contacted by a hospital in Illinois saying his son was undergoing an evaluation there following his arrest at a truck stop.
Mr Tucker also told Serino that some of Tara’s belongings, including her purse and phone, were in his son’s home and that he wished to return them.
Tucker told Fred Serino that as far as he knew, Tara Serino wasn’t with his son in Illinois.
Following Tucker’s visit, at around 1.30pm on November 1, Serino contacted police to report his daughter missing.
Upon the father reporting his daughter missing, Upper Macungie police requested that detectives in Illinois interview Tucker to find out where Tara Serino was. It was there that Tucker confessed, leading to the gruesome discovery of Tara’s gorged body.
Christopher Tucker will be extradited back to Pennsylvania to face murder charges, as well as counts of aggravated assault and possession of an instrument of crime.
It wasn’t immediately clear how long or frequently Tucker had been seeing his victim before deciding to ask her to marry him.
Tucker had been arrested just days before Serino’s killing on DUI and drug possession charges in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. He was released from jail after posting bail on October 27. His past criminal record also includes two other DUI arrests.
According to her obituary, Serino graduated from Parkland High School in 2015 and had an interest in nature photography. She was described as ‘generous, artistic and open-minded, and had a positive outlook on life.’
She is survived by her parents and two older siblings, a brother and sister.