Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 2:14 PM EDT
LEOMINSTER, Mass. -- A man arrested in connection with the death of a Google employee near her mother’s Massachusetts home last summer has been held on $10 million cash bail.
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 Aug. 7 slaying of 27-year-old New York City resident Vanessa Marcotte.
Marcotte’s burned body was found in the woods after she didn’t return from a run in Princeton, about 40 miles west of Boston. According to an arrest report obtained by CBS Boston reporter Christina Hager, Marcotte’s nose was broken, she had “crushing” injuries to her throat and she was partially undressed.
An attorney for 31-year-old Colon-Ortiz entered not guilty pleas to charges of aggravated assault and battery and assault with attempt to rape at his arraignment Tuesday in Leominster District Court.
Worcester County district attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Marcotte put up a fight during her deadly assault, which helped police piece together a profile of her murderer.
Investigators appealed to the public for help and received more than 1,300 tips. Last week, an alert Massachusetts state trooper recognized a man matching the suspect’s description driving in the same dark SUV spotted near the crime scene. The trooper jotted down the license plate number on his hand.
Police tracked down Colon-Ortiz at his Worcester home, where he voluntarily gave them a DNA sample, which matched the DNA found on Marcotte’s hands, Early said.
Prosecutors say they have cell phone evidence showing Colon-Ortiz was in the area where the woman’s body was found, reports CBS Boston. He reportedly told investigators he worked at FedEx and drove delivery routes near Princeton. FedEx said in a statement that Colon-Ortiz did not work for them, but was a driver for a third-party trucking firm.
Colon-Oritz used an interpreter in court. His defense attorney told reporters he is a U.S. citizen who was born in Puerto Rico. The lawyer said Colon-Ortiz has lived in Massachsuetts for about a year, has two children and is supporting three.
Marcotte’s family remembered her as a caring young woman on “CBS This Morning.”
“She was my other half. She is my person,” said Caroline Tocci, Marcotte’s younger cousin. “She loved to run and she loved to practice yoga. Anything outside being with friends and family.”