Police: Man kills father, steals ID to flee country

Authorities say Sean Keenan murdered his father in upstate New York, stole the victim's travel papers, then shaved the front of his head to try to look older when he attempted to cross into Canada. CBS affiliate WIVB

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - A man from a Buffalo suburb has been arrested at a Canadian border crossing and charged with second degree murder in the death of his father, reports CBS affiliate WIVB.

Authorities have charged Sean Keenan, 21, with murdering his father, Dr. John Keenan, 70, who was found in his Orchard Park home Monday. He was beaten and/or stabbed to death, says the station.

Police were called by agents at the U.S. border on Monday morning to check up on John Keenan after they became suspicious when Sean Keenan tried to cross into Canada at the Rainbow Bridge. Allegedly, he was trying to use his father's travel documents, possibly his passport. Authorities say he had shaved the front of his head in an attempt to look like his balding father.

Sean Keenan initially made it over the bridge but was detained during a secondary inspection, which is when border control called the authorities in western New York, WIVB says.

The younger Keenan does not have a criminal record, but police say they have had encounters with him after being called to his home previously.

He was arraigned and taken to the Erie County Holding Center, and is due back in court Friday afternoon.

Sean Keenan may face additional charges of carrying a false document, in addition to second degree murder.

  • Crimesider Staff

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