The husband of a Lake Grove real estate attorney found dead in their house last week now faces a murder charge, police said Wednesday.
Paul Leitgeb, 49, a former NYPD transit officer, was tracked down and arrested in upstate New York Tuesday after a standoff with police, state police said.
In news releases late Wednesday, Suffolk police said that Leitgeb had been returned to Suffolk and was charged with second degree murder in the death of Tricia Odierna.StoryCops: Woman found dead officially identifiedStoryWoman found dead in home was an attorneyVideoPolice: Woman found dead in Lake Grove home
Leitgeb was first publicly identified as a homicide suspect in the death of Odierna, 42, in a State Police release. He was found about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in what was described as a densely wooded area near the Appalachian Trail in Pawling.
After a prolonged standoff with police, Leitgeb was found armed with a box cutter and was threatening to harm himself before being taken into custody, State Police said.
Leitgeb was then turned over to Suffolk County detectives who were on the scene Tuesday. State Police said Leitgeb was taken by ambulance to Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie with self-inflicted lacerations.
Suffolk police said the lacerations were to his wrist and throat, and that he had also threatened police. He will be arraigned, they said, as soon as he is released from an area hospital where he was brought last night.
Attempts to reach Odierna's and Leitgeb's family were unsuccessful.
State Police from Troop K were contacted by the Suffolk County Police Department, which had asked for assistance with locating a homicide suspect in that upstate area, the State Police release said.
Troopers searched the area with the help of their Bloodhound Unit and State Police Aviation. Additional help was provided by the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office and Metro-North Police.
Suffolk police had never said Leitgeb was a suspect in Odierna's death and only officially identified her two days after she was found. They have not released the cause of her death.
Odierna's body was discovered about 2 p.m. last Thursday.
Fourth Precinct patrol officers responded to a 911 call from the home with the intention of making a forced entry based on information provided by the caller, police said. A resident came out of the house and police discovered the body inside.
On that day, Det. Lt. Kevin Beyrer, commanding officer of the homicide squad, told reporters Odierna's body was found by someone who lived in the home. He said two adults and five children resided there.
Beyrer also said then that police wanted to speak to Leitgeb, but that investigators were "not going to narrow our focus right now." Before retiring, Leitgeb worked as an NYPD transit division officer from 1990 to 2011, an NYPD source said.