New York State Police took a Colorado man into custody in Sag Harbor earlier this week in connection with the killing of his wife, authorities said.
William Cruz, 31, of Colorado Springs, was apprehended as a fugitive from justice Wednesday at the Sag Harbor Inn and faces first-degree murder charges, according to State Police.
On Oct. 4, the Sag Harbor Police Department received a report from the North Plainfield Police Department in New Jersey that Masany Cruz, 29, also of Colorado Springs, was reported missing to their department and may be at the Sag Harbor Inn.
Police went to the inn and found William Cruz, the husband of the missing woman, alone. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to a hospital for treatment, State Police said. Authorities did not specify why Cruz needed hospital treatment or what connection he or his wife may have to Long Island or New Jersey.
Police in Colorado Springs, meanwhile, responded to the last known address of the couple and found Masany Cruz dead, according to State Police. A multistate investigation began, with New York State Police and Sag Harbor police working in coordination with the North Plainfield and Colorado Springs police departments.
Officials in Colorado and Sag Harbor each executed search warrants.
Investigators in several jurisdictions continued to pursue numerous leads and collected evidence to obtain an arrest warrant in Colorado, State Police said. The investigation determined Masany Cruz had not been heard from since approximately Sept. 14.
The investigation also determined that William Cruz left Colorado on or about Sept. 15, arriving on Long Island on Sept. 18.
Cruz was taken into custody based on an arrest warrant out of District County Court in El Paso County, Colorado, officials said.
Cruz was processed at the New York State Police barracks in Riverside. He was held at the Southampton Town Police Department and was arraigned Thursday at Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip.
Online court records show he appeared before Judge Alonzo G. Jacobs, is being represented by Legal Aid, and is due back in court Oct. 28.