WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) - West Seneca Police have located Primitivo Cruz, a man being sought after his 77-year-old mother was found dead in her home over the weekend.
Detectives originally questioned Cruz and released him as they continued their investigation into the death of Carol Quinn. When they again sought the 45-year-old man, he was nowhere to be found.
Police say on Tuesday, Cruz turned himself in to authorities. After being questioned, he was charged with second degree murder.
The arraignment only lasted a few minutes, but it was full of emotion. Our cameras weren't allowed inside court, but as Primitivo Cruz stood before the judge he was in tear, at times hunched over in despair. About a dozen family members were in court with him, but not to support him. At one point, someone yelled out: "You're going to die."
"He is adamant about his innocence. As you can imagine it's been a tough ordeal for the family and also for my client. He lost his mother," said Cruz's lawyer, Frank Bogulski.
Quinn was a long-time teacher's aide in the Buffalo school system. She was found dead from multiple injuries in her Burch Avenue home by police on Saturday. Police say Quinn had an order of protection against Cruz after a recent incident in which Cruz allegedly grabbed Quinn by her arms and threw her into a wall.
"Mr. Cruz and Mrs. Quinn did have a domestic incident earlier this month. Mr. Cruz was arrested for some minor charges," West Seneca Police Chief Daniel Denz said. "I do know that it was some type of argument between the two of them. It was minor in nature, however, our police department considered it serious enough we did make an arrest."
Quinn's granddaughter told News 4 that Quinn let Cruz back in after the incident because Quinn felt sorry for Cruz.
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