Authorities claim that a man has been arrested in connection with the August 2016 killing of 27-year-old Google employee Vanessa Marcotte. Police state that the man, 31-year-old Angelo Colon-Ortiz, appeared to be a stranded motorist around the same time she left her mother’s home to go for a jog.
According to The Boston Globe prosecutors claimed in court that Colon-Ortiz, was spotted by an area resident around 12:45 p.m. on the day of the murder standing next to a black SUV stopped near “where Marcotte’s body was later recovered” in Princeton, Massachusetts. The vehicle’s hood was up, and the man was on the phone, the Globe reported. The same resident later passed the same location two hours later. At that time, the hood on the vehicle was down, the windows were closed and the man was gone. The resident said in the report he thought nothing about it until authorities began seeking anyone who had been in the neighborhood on the day of Marcotte’s death.
Marcotte went out about 1:15 p.m. to jog, and her phone was turned off about 2:11 p.m.. She was found dead near Brooks Station Road in Princeton, a few hours later. According to police, her body was stripped and full of burn marks. According to CBS Boston, Marcotte’s nose was broken and she had “crushing” injuries to her throat. Her exact cause of death has not yet been released.
Reports indicate that Colon-Ortiz’s cellphone was within the Princeton area around the time Marcotte was attacked. A person of interest in the case was announced in February, and Colon-Ortiz was taken into custody last weekend. A state trooper recently spotted Colon-Ortiz driving a black SUV in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to CBS Boston, and asked him to supply a DNA sample. Investigators allege his genetic material matched skin fragments found under Marcotte’s fingernails.
Colon-Ortiz was born in Puerto Rico and has a wife and two children. He is being held on $10 million bail. He reportedly worked as a truck driver. He pleaded not guilty at his Tuesday arraignment to charges of aggravated assault, aggravated assault and battery and assault with intent to rape, according to People. Prosecutors state he will be charged with murder next week. His defense attorney told the Globe Colon-Ortiz is “shaken” by the allegations.