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Suspect in Vanessa Marcotte killing held on $10M bail

Authorities have charged Angelo Colon-Ortiz with assault counts, but have not yet charged him with Marcotte's death.

A suspect has been arrested in Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte's death.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte's death. Photo: Mass State Police

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, the prime suspect in connection with the killing of Princeton jogger Vanessa Marcotte, was ordered held on $10 million cash bail after being arraigned at Leominster District Court in Leominster on Tuesday. 

Colon-Ortiz, 31, of Worcester, was taken into custody on Friday, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early. Leominster is about 10 miles northeast of Princeton.

Colon-Ortiz has not been charged with murder, though the district attorney said at a news conference, "we got him." Early added that he expects a murder charge will be added at a later date. Colon-Ortiz does face aggravated assault and battery and assault with attempt to rape.

Colon-Ortiz pleaded not guilty to the charges on Tuesday, NECN reports. He has been held on $10 million bail since his arrest. Prosecutors said in court that they believe Colon-Ortiz to be a flight risk, which is why they set a high bail; he is originally from Puerto Rico, according to NECN.

Marcotte, who was 27, had worked for Google in New York City, and was visiting family in Princeton, Massachusetts, last August. She went out for a run on Aug. 7, and when she did not return, her family reported her missing. Following a flood of tips from the public, State Police identified a dark SUV in Worcester driven by a male matching the description of the suspect. That man, Colon-Ortiz, provided a DNA sample which matched the DNA found at the crime scene, authorities have said.

The Marcotte family was seen in court Tuesday, the Boston Globe reported. The family has started the Vanessa T. Marcotte Foundation, which aims to bring about a world where "women are safe and free to live boldy," according to the website.

Colon-Ortiz is scheduled to return to court May 24.



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