International murder fugitive arrested in Clifton Park

Posted at: 04/26/2013 11:38 PM
By: Dan Levy

CLIFTON PARK - More than a year and a half since a brutal double murder half way around the world, authorities say they've found their man hiding with his elderly grandfather in Clifton Park.

The arrest of 35-year old ex-marine Timothy Noah Kaufman puts an end to an international manhunt that began in the Philippines back in 2011. Authorities believe the double homicide was an assassination in which the contract killer murdered the wrong targets.

What began on the impoverished streets and seedy back alleyways of Angeles City in the Philippines led international detectives to the quiet upscale suburban community of Clifton Park, where Timothy Kaufman was living with his elderly grandfather.

Allan Atwell has lived on Greenlea Drive, directly across the street from Sidney Kaufman for more than forty years.

"It's very unusual and it is disturbing," Atwell says, "Nothing like this happens in this neighborhood."

On September 1, 2011, Joseph Balmer, 54, a retired constable from Northern Ireland, and his girlfriend, Elma de Guia, 26, were pumped with 14 bullets from a semi-automatic pistol, in the bedroom of a luxury home they shared with Richard Agnew.

Agnew, authorities believe, was supposed to be the target that night, but wasn't at home.

Richard Agnew is also an ex-cop from the United Kingdom, and well known in the Philippines as the "Irish sex club boss", a man who owns several nightclubs in the city's sex trade district.

Newspaper accounts of the double killing quote Agnew as saying, "Those bullets were meant for me, but that night I had luck on my side. David did not."

Authorities believe three suspects were involved in the contract killing but that Kaufman was the trigger man.

Residents of Greenlea Drive say they believe Tim Kaufman has been living in their neighborhood for about a year and a half, since shortly after the killings. Many of them say they thought it's nice that he was there looking after his elderly grandfather.

Those who have chatted with him describe Timothy as polite and friendly, "Always yes-sir and-no-sir," according to one neighbor.

Timothy Kaufman was arrested on Wednesday by both State Police and FBI agents and then turned over to U.S. Marshals. He's being held in the Rensselaer County Jail awaiting an extradition hearing scheduled for May 9th.