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Police Make Break In Mamaroneck Woman's Death

MAMARONECK, N.Y. (CBS 2/WCBS 880) -- Crime scene investigators spent many hours Monday gathering evidence inside the home of an apparent Mamraoneck murder victim.

Authorities were seeking to build a case against 54-year-old Reginald Powell, seen as the prime suspect in the death of Jennifer Katz, a 49-year-old divorced mother of two.

Police said Powell, who has spent 22 years in prison for a 1982 homicide until his parole in 2008, was stopped by NYPD officers in Harlem for a traffic violation, CBS 2's Tony Aiello reported.

Powell was found to be driving a vehicle registered to Katz and in possession of some of her jewelry. Authorities said Powell tried to get away on foot, but was captured a few blocks away.


WCBS 880 Reporter Catherine Cioffi gets details of the murder and a person in question from Mamaroneck Police

Mamaroneck police were notified and found Katz's body when they rushed to her home. A police source told CBS 2 that Katz had dated Powell's brother for a time after her divorce.

Powell was being held by police Monday night on burglary charges .

At the time of her death, Katz's two daughters were in North Carolina spending the holiday with their father.

"I'm devastated for her children. I have two children, one goes to the high school with her daughter, and I don't know how you recover from a tragedy like this. So we'll pray for them," neighbor Alice Horowitz said.

Police haven't said how or when Katz was killed, but an autopsy has been completed. Those results have not yet been made public.

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