A Bethpage man was convicted of killing his wife, assaulting his daughter and leading Nassau County police on a high-speed chase that ended in a fiery crash two years ago, prosecutors said.

A jury found Robert Crumb, 45, guilty of second-degree murder, assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest Monday at Nassau County court. 

“This defendant brutally murdered the mother of his children, assaulted his daughter, and endangered the lives of police and the public in a reckless high-speed chase,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Prosecutors said he killed his wife, Maria, at their Seitz Drive home, where officers who responded to a 911 call reporting an assault with a weapon, found the victim dead and the suspect fleeing the scene at 12:39 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.

An argument over the couple’s impending divorce led to the slaying, authorities said. The couple’s two children tried to break it up.

Police chased the suspect westbound on the Southern State Parkway and onto the Belt Parkway, where he exited at Pennsylvania Avenue and crashed his vehicle into a gas station at Flatlands Avenue, police had said.

After the crash, Crumb charged at one of the officers, knocking him to the ground, causing him to lose consciousness before multiple officers then jumped onto Crumb and took him into custody.  

Judge Terence Murphy ordered Crumb held without bail. Crumb faces up to 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 14.


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