Christopher Tucker, 34, has been charged with murder and criminal homicide for allegedly killing 19-year-old Tara Serino, who was last seen by her family early on the morning of October 30.
According to local police, Tucker asked Serino to marry him at his home in Berks County, Pennsylvania, sometime between Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon.
Serino rejected the proposal, stating that she was still sleeping with other men. The victim then allegedly made an off-hand comment that Tucker should “just kill her.”
Police say Tucker flew into a fit of rage, choking Serino, snapping her neck, poking her eyes out and beating her with a hatchet until she died.
The suspect then wrapped the teen’s body in a rug inside his house and fled to Illinois, where he was detained at a rest stop after he was caught attempting to break into a farmer’s combine on Halloween.
NBC Philadelphia reports that Tucker confessed to murdering Serino after he was arrested, which led detectives to find her body in his home. He is currently being held in an Illinois jail.