A suspect wanted for killing his 29-year-old wife in Colorado was apprehended in Sag Harbor following an investigation involving authorities in three states, New York State police said.
Sag Harbor village police officers received a report on October 4 from the North Plainfield, New Jersey Police Department, that Masany Cruz of Colorado Springs, who was reported missing by a relative in the Garden State, may be at the Sag Harbor Inn, but officers instead found her 31-year-old husband, William Cruz, alone at the inn, authorities said.
“At the same time, police in Colorado Springs responded to the last known address of Masany and William Cruz, where Masany Cruz was found dead,” state police said in a news release. Colorado Springs police added; “Based on the circumstances, detectives from the Homicide/Assault and Domestic Violence Units responded to assume responsibility for the investigation.”
The discovery kicked off a joint investigation between state police, Sag Harbor police, North Plainfield police and Colorado Springs police. The husband was taken taken to Brunswick Hall Psychiatric Hospital in Amityville, where he was arrested Wednesday on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, court records show. He has an arrest warrant out of District County Court in El Paso County, Colorado for a charge of first-degree murder.
Investigators determined Masany Cruz had not been heard from since September 14. Her husband left Colorado the next day and arrived on Long Island four days later, police said.
William Cruz was held at the Southampton town police headquarters for arraignment Thursday at Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip, where Judge Alonzo Jacobs ordered the suspect held without bail pending an extradition hearing scheduled for October 27. Dressed in a Suffolk County jail green jail jumpsuit and white face mask, he did not address the court.