Sharpsville murder, kidnapping suspect appears in court

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SHARPSVILLE, Pa. (WYTV) – The man accused of killing a Sharpsville woman and then abducting their baby will stand trial in Mercer County.

Antonio Velazquez-Rupert is facing criminal homicide and kidnapping charges. He appeared in district court in Sharon Wednesday morning for a hearing.

Police say he killed his girlfriend, Amanda Downs, at her apartment New Year’s Eve and then took off with the couple’s eight-month-old daughter.

He was caught a few days later in the Reading area in northeastern Pennsylvania after an Amber Alert was issued.

He remains in the Mercer County Jail on $2 million bond.

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