Suspect in death of Google worker held on $10M bail

Eloi Lecerf
Abril 19, 2017

Angelo Colon-Ortiz listens to his lawyer, Edward Ryan Jr., during Colon-Ortiz's arraignment Tuesday morning in Leominster District Court.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was charged Tuesday with aggravated assault and battery and assault to tape in the August attack on Marcotte, a Google executive who was visiting her mother in Princeton, Mass.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz was charged with assault and attempted rape, and prosecutors said they sought the high bail because they expect to charge him with murder in the August 7 slaying of 27-year-old New York City resident Vanessa Marcotte.

Travers said prosecutors claim a witness saw Colon-Ortiz holding a cellphone and standing next to a dark-coloured SUV, with its hood up "near to where the site where Vanessa's body was later recovered" at around 12.45pm.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Travers said Marcotte's iPhone was either turned off or disabled around 2.11pm.

Authorities allege that Colon-Ortiz was working in the Princeton area at the time of the murder. Her "determined fight" for life left the DNA of her killer on her hands, he said.

A quick-thinking state trooper who reported spotting a driver who matched the description of the suspect in Vanessa Marcotte's slaying is being credited with coming up with the all-important "break in the case" after he scrawled the license plate on his hand and followed up at the man's home address. Parr visited Colon-Ortiz's Worcester residence twice, first speaking only with his wife and the second time with the suspect, prosecutors said. adds support for Facebook Messenger QR codes
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Colon Ortiz voluntarily offered his DNA. "He later went to the suspect's home. where suspect provided the DNA that led to the match".

Ryan, according to a report of the courtroom proceedings, told Judge Mark Noonan that Colon-Ortiz has no aliases, no Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers filed against him, and no previous criminal record. The United States citizen does not speak fluent English, Ryan said, and within months of moving to the state had a full-time job driving for FedEx.

"We're going to examine the circumstances under which he surrendered his DNA", Ryan said.

Colon-Ortiz was allowed to stay in a small side room, partially-obscured from view, during his arraignment.

Prosecutors have subsequently asked the Department of Homeland Security to look into the "actual identity of this defendant", who had a Puerto Rico driver's license issued to him in 2014. His defense attorney told reporters he is a US citizen who was born in Puerto Rico.

Members of Marcotte's family attended the hearing but left without speaking to reporters.

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