ARCADIA (CNS) - A 44-year-old man wanted in connection with the beating deaths of his two teenage nephews in their Arcadia home was taken into custody by Hong Kong authorities today when his plane arrived at the Hong Kong Airport, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.
"Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will work with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with law enforcement authorities in Hong Kong to initiate the extradition of Deyun Shi," according to a sheriff's department news statement.
Shi was already being sought for an alleged assault on his wife Thursday night in La Canada Flintridge, according to Sheriff's Homicide Lt. Eddie Hernandez. Shi had reportedly become enraged upon finding out that his wife had begun divorce proceedings and obtained a restraining order against him.
The two brothers, 15 and 16, were found Friday at 12:40 p.m. at their home in the 400 block of Fairview Avenue. They appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma, Hernandez said. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Arcadia police had responded to a 911 call from a woman at the home who was the mother of the two teens. She discovered the bodies, according to sheriff's Deputy Lisa Jansen.
Shi was believed to have boarded a flight to China that was expected to land at about 11 p.m. Friday (PST). The FBI was assisting in attempts to apprehend him, authorities said.
The boys' parents left their apartment to visit Shi's wife in a hospital Thursday night and didn't find their sons' bodies until Friday, according to the sheriff's department.