Amber alert for infant son of NY man sought in triple murder

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 13, 2011 6:09 PM
Amber alert for infant son of NY man sought in triple murder

By Zach Howard

GREENFIELD, Mass (Reuters) - Authorities sought on Wednesday a man suspected of committing a triple murder in New York and then abducting his girlfriend and their infant son and fleeing in a car to Massachusetts.

At the request of New York State, the Massachusetts authorities activated the so-called Amber Alert system for the child, identified as Raymond Slocum, who was last seen at 5:00 a.m. and thought to be in "extreme danger," said Massachusetts State Police Major James Hanafin.

Police say the boy was abducted by his father, Matthew Slocum, 23, of Cambridge, New York, described as a white man with swastika tattoos on his forearms.

The infant was last seen in Adams, Massachusetts, in a black 2003 Ford Mustang two-door, with New York license plate DED1769, Hanafin said.

Also believed held was Loretta Colegrove, 25, the boy's mother and Matthew Slocum's girlfriend, police said.

Authorities said Slocum is a suspect in a triple killing in Eagle Bridge, New York, about 33 miles northeast of Albany.

"The victims were found early this morning after a house fire in that town," said a Massachusetts State Police statement.

"Reports indicate that Slocum may be holding the woman and their child against their will," the statement said. "We have further information that Slocum may be armed."

Authorities were seeking the public's help in finding the trio.

"Anyone with information is asked to call 911 - do not attempt to stop or apprehend the vehicle or suspect," Hanafin said.

Matthew Slocum, who has brown hair, was described as standing nearly 6 feet tall and weighing 195 pounds. Colegrove was said to be about 5 feet 8 inches and weigh 194 pounds. She has long reddish-brown hair and was last seen wearing a light blue tank top with thin straps, bluejean shorts and flip-flops, police said.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jerry Norton)