- Vanessa Marcotte was killed while out running last summer
- “We’re very confident that we got Vanessa Marcotte’s killer,” authorities said
“We got him,” Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said at a press conference. “We’re very confident that we got Vanessa Marcotte’s killer.”
Marcotte, 27, was an account manager at Google based in New York who had gone to visit her mother’s home last summer in Princeton, Massachusetts.
Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was arrested late Friday and faces charges of aggravated assault and assault with intent to rape, according to Early. He said he anticipates a murder charge against Colon-Ortiz as well. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday.
Police were able to obtain DNA evidence of the suspect from Marcotte’s hands, Early said, because she fought back against her attacker.
The arrest of Colon-Ortiz came after police developed a description of a suspect based on tips, and a state trooper stopped an SUV being driving by a man who matched the description.
That driver’s DNA matched the DNA of the suspect, according to authorities, leading to Colon-Ortiz’s arrest.
“Ms. Marcotte’s family waited, waited and hoped,” said Col. Rick McKeon of Massachusetts State Police. “No one ever stopped thinking about Ms. Marcotte and how we could solve this case. We never lost faith that this day would come.”