A Monroe County Prison guard was arrested late Tuesday night in New Hampshire, 356 miles from where Pennsylvania State Police say he shot to death his girlfriend and their 2-year-old son in the Poconos apartment they shared.
Michael John Parrish, 23, of 1115 Route 115, Effort, was charged with homicide and related crimes in the Monday night deaths of Victoria M. Adams, 21, and their son, Sidney Michael Parrish. They were killed about 11:05 p.m. after Adams came to their second-floor rear apartment to pick up the boy, according to court papers.
State police Sgt. Brian Tobin, supervisor of the criminal investigation section of Troop N at Hazleton, said authorities do not know why the duo headed north. An investigation is continuing, he said.
Both men won't fight extradition, said Monroe County District Attorney E. David Christine. He said Parrish was hired as a correctional officer in March.
Donna Asure, acting warden of the Monroe County Prison, said Parrish was employed as a Correctional Officer I, a new hire still under probation. She said Parrish, like all other county employees, underwent a background check before he was hired and it came back clean.
According to the Pennsylvania arrest affidavits for Parrish and Jankowski:
Victoria Adams was driven to the apartment about 11 p.m. by three men -- James M. Ahern, Chris Ramos and Keith Adams. Parrish walked down the apartment's outdoor steps, pointed a handgun at Ahern and asked, "Are you James?"
When Ahern acted as though he too had a weapon, Parrish ran back up the steps into the apartment. Shots then rang out from inside.
A neighbor, Chris Victor, called 911 at 11:05 p.m., reporting "he heard loud bangs that sounded like gunshots" in the next-door apartment.
Ahern and Keith Adams then went up the steps. Parrish, standing in the apartment doorway, fired a shotgun at them. They fled and called 911 from a friend's nearby residence at 11:14 p.m. State police from the Fern Ridge barracks arrived at the Effort apartment at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
The affidavits state that when troopers entered the apartment, they found Adams and the boy dead and saw several spent shotgun shells and several spent pistol cartridges from a .357-caliber handgun and a 12-gauge shotgun.
A subsequent search showed that Parrish was licensed to own a .357-caliber Glock and two other handguns. Police found one of the other handguns and a 7.62 mm assault rifle in the apartment.
Using cell phone records, troopers determined Parrish had fled with Jankowski. Troopers then entered Jankowski's license plate into the FBI's crime computer.
The Somersworth police affidavit states:
About 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Parrish and Jankowski told a Somersworth gas station attendant that their truck had broken down and they would be sleeping in the parking lot overnight.
The attendant called police to notify them that he was allowing two men to spend the night in a Ford Bronco with Pennsylvania license plate GNJ9590. Somersworth police checked the FBI computer and got a hit: "Felony Vehicle -- occupants armed."
Police then drove to the gas station and arrested Jankowski, who was unarmed, and Parrish, who was carrying a .357 Glock in a holster strapped to his back.
As of Wednesday night, Parrish and Jankowski were being held at the Strafford County Prison in New Hampshire.
Reporter Matt Birkbeck contributed to this story.