Police: Man strangled Kingston woman to death

February 11, 2013 6:48:11 PM PST
Police say a man accused of killing a Hudson Valley woman while on parole for robbery has been arrested in Manhattan and charged with second-degree murder.

Kingston Police Lt. Thierry Croizer says 49-year-old Audelis Cruz was identified as a person of interest in the strangulation killing of 45-year-old Anita Jacobs-Royer and traced Sunday to a subway station.

State records show Cruz spent about 18 years in prison for first-degree robbery convictions in 1986 and 2001. He was most recently released in June.

Croizer says Monday that Cruz lives across the city from where Jacobs-Royer was found dead in her home on Feb. 3 and investigators are still working on a motive for the attack.

Cruz is due in court Wednesday. Croizer doesn't know if he has a lawyer.

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