ALBANY -- Probation officials are investigating how a man charged with possessing child pornography managed to cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet before carjacking a woman at a mall, fatally stabbing her and raping her 10-year-old-daughter, authorities said.
David J. Renz abducted the school librarian and her daughter as they left a gymnastics class Thursday night at a mall in the Syracuse suburb of Clay, about 150 miles west of Albany, State Police said Friday.
Renz bound both victims, raped the girl and drove a short distance to a spot where the girl escaped and was found by a motorist, troopers said.
The motorist told 911 dispatchers he saw a man running away. Police quickly sent in officers on the ground and a sheriff's helicopter in the air. Renz was caught a short time later.
It was unclear how the girl escaped or when her mother was killed, authorities said.
Renz, 29, was beaten and suffered a broken nose on his first day in jail, authorities said. He had a swollen face and tissues stuffed up both nostrils when he appeared in federal court Friday to face a probation violation charge.
In January, Renz had been charged with possession of child pornography and allowed to remain free under terms that included staying off the Internet and away from schools, parks and arcades. He lost his job at a supermarket, moved in with his mother and hadn't been able to find other work after his arrest, according to court documents. -- AP