Sus­pect ar­rested in slay­ing of Google exec Vanessa Mar­cotte

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drew Blake

A sus­pect has been ar­rested in the murder of Vanessa Mar­cotte, a Google ex­ec­u­tive found slain last sum­mer in Prince­ton, Mas­sachusetts, po­lice said Satur­day.

An­gel Cordero-Or­tiz, 31, was ar­rested Fri­day night af­ter DNA test­ing sug­gested he was re­spon­si­ble for killing Mar­cotte in Au­gust, Worces­ter County District At­tor­ney Joseph Early said.

“We got him,” Mr. Early started a Satur­day af­ter­noon press con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing the ar­rest.

The an­nounce­ment spurred a round of ap­plause from at­ten­dees as­sem­bled more than eight months af­ter Mar­cotte, a New York City na­tive, dis­ap­peared while jog­ging not far from her mother’s home in Prince­ton, about 60 miles west of Bos­ton. She was 27.

De­tec­tives re­cov­ered a DNA sam­ple from the scene that ul­ti­mately led them to Mr. Cordero-Or­tiz, the district at­tor­ney said.

“He was picked up at his res­i­dence in Worces­ter late Fri­day with the as­sis­tance of the Worces­ter Po­lice Depart­ment. He was in­ter­viewed, and sub­se­quently placed un­der ar­rest,” Mr. Early said Satur­day.

Au­thor­i­ties so far have charged the sus­pect with ag­gra­vated as­sault and bat­tery in ad­di­tion to as­sault with in­tent to rape, but ex­pect to bring fur­ther charges in the com­ing days.

Mr. Colon-Or­tiz is be­ing held on $1 mil­lion bail at Mas­sachusetts State Po­lice bar­racks in Mill­bury, pend­ing an ar­raign­ment hear­ing sched­uled for Tues­day.

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