Cheektowaga murder suspect re-entered home to retrieve passport

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BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) Yuriy Bruks, 35, the Cheektowaga man accused of killing his wife in August, has been indicted on a second degree murder charge. He pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday morning before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn called the murder a ‘savage beating’ of Tetiana Bruks, who was killed by blunt force trauma to the head, neck and torso August 4 in the home the couple shared on Raymond Avenue in Cheektowaga.

In the hours after the murder, Bruks called police to report his wife wasn’t breathing. He spoke with police but walked free. On the following night, he went back to the home with his father and managed to take his laptop and passport.

“I’m not gonna comment on how he got back in the house because that most likely is gonna be a piece of evidence at trial,” said Flynn. “Initially at first, there was not enough evidence to charge him with anything.”

Federal agents believe Bruks bought a burner phone at the Walmart on Transit near Maple Road in Clarence before heading for the Mexican border August 5. By pinging the signal on that phone, federal agents estimate he arrived in Laredo, Texas within a couple days, and entered Mexico illegally and spent most of the past two months.

On Saturday, October 12, he used his passport in his own name to buy a one way ticket from Mexico City to Istanbul, Turkey, but US Marshals found out in time to catch him during a layover at Cancun International Airport, according to United States Marshal Charles Salina. “Maybe we’re fortunate that he snatched his passport out, but it was better work that these investigators did what they had to do to get him into the systems. We put out all types of lookouts for Bruks, not only in mexico, but in the United States.”

He’s accused of killing his wife, 34-year-old Tetiana Bruks, by blunt force trauma.

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