Train Jumper's Estranged Wife Arrested for Homicide Role

Woman faces 2nd-degree murder charges in relation to the killing of her child's father

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    Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department
    Alice Trappler, 39, faces second-degree murder charges in relation to the murder of her child's father in Dix, N.Y., authorities say.


    The estranged wife of the murder suspect who threw himself in front of a SEPTA train Monday, now faces charges in the very same murder. And the victim, as it turns out, was the father of her child.

    Alice Trappler of Addison, N.Y., who was estranged from her husband Thomas Borden, was arrested late Tuesday and charged with second-degree murder in connection to the killing last Friday of Daniel Bennett in Dix, N.Y., said the Schuyler County Sheriff's Department Wednesday.

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    Bucks County man Thomas W. Borden jumped in front of a SEPTA train Monday morning, ending a police chase. Police say Borden was wanted in New York as a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife's boyfriend. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports.

    News of her arrest comes a day after we learned that Borden's step-brother, Nathan Hand, was also arrested for his alleged role in the same murder.

    Both Hand and Trappler were being held without bail.

    On Monday, the Schuyler Sheriff issued a homicide warrant for Borden. He was accused of killing Daniel Bennett in Bennett's home.

    Bucks County also had a warrant out for Borden, 32, on a parole violation.

    Montgomery Township Police spotted Borden Monday morning speeding on Route 309. They pursued, but lost him. Jenkintown Police spotted his truck in the parking lot of an elementary school less than an hour later. Police put then put area schools on lockdown.

    Shortly before 11 a.m., police again spotted Borden. This time he was on foot, about a mile from where he dumped his pickup. They were able to stop him and asked for his name but police say he gave them a false identity.

    When officers continued to question Borden, he made a run for it onto the nearby SEPTA train tracks between the Noble and Jenkintown stations.

    As police were chasing Borden down the tracks, they say he purposely threw himself in front of an oncoming train on the other side of the tracks. Borden survived the immediate impact, but died a short time later at the hospital.

     

    Trappler, 39, had a child with Bennett and was estranged from Borden, according to the sheriff's office.


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