Indian-origin man arrested for allegedly murdering his father in New Jersey

Written on 02/19/2024
Asia91 Team


Melvin Thomas, of Indian descent, was apprehended in New Jersey for the alleged murder of his father, Manuel V Thomas, aged 61. Originating from Kerala, Melvin was detained following the discovery of his father's murder.

This incident was unveiled on February 16, when the Paramus Police Department investigated a report concerning a potential murder. They discovered Manuel V Thomas's corpse in the house's basement.

The crime reportedly occurred on February 14, with Manuel's body lying undiscovered for two days. Manuel had sustained numerous stab injuries and was pronounced deceased at the location by authorities.

Melvin Thomas was pinpointed as a suspect and captured by the Paramus police. He is currently in custody at the Bergen County Jail, awaiting his preliminary hearing at the Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack.

Melvin, 32, is facing multiple charges, including first-degree murder, improper treatment of human remains, obstruction, illegal possession of a weapon, and carrying a weapon for an illegal purpose, as stated by law enforcement.

The precise nature of the victim and accused's relationship has not been made public by the prosecuting authority, though neighbors have indicated that the household was occupied by a father and son, according to reports.

Melvin Thomas, who graduated from St Stephen’s College in Uzhavoor, located in Kerala's Kottayam district, as per his social media profiles, is now facing legal proceedings.

Manuel, who became a widower in 2021 and worked in the insurance sector, was reported to the police by Melvin, who was without employment at the time of the incident.