Suspect in Binghamton nursing student murder caught in Nicaragua
The suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, a SUNY Binghamton nursing student, was arrested in Nicaragua days after fleeing the U.S., police say.
Orlando Tercero, 22, was arrested Tuesday afternoon, Nicaragua National Police announced.
The details of how and where Tercero - who's suspected in the murder of Haley Anderson, 22 - was taken into custody were not released.
He was being taken to a prison in El Chipote, which is about 40 miles southwest of the country's capital Managua, ABC News reports.
Anderson's body was found Friday afternoon at a home near the university campus, which was later determined to be Tercero's residence, police say.
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Authorities ruled the death a homicide but have not released additional details about how she was killed.
Tercero, Anderson's ex-boyfriend, was also a student at the nursing school.
Police initially described him as a person of interest then later declared him a suspect after discovering he left the country on a flight to Nicaragua four hours before her body was found.
"We were a few hours behind him," Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski told ABC News. "Then we put two and two together quickly."
Prosecutors will seek a grand jury indictment against Tercero and once that happens a warrant for his arrest will be filed and the U.S. State Department can make the extradition request with Nicaragua, Press Connect reports.
Tercero apparently does hold dual citizenship. A local station in the country reportedly showed an image of a Nicaraguan passport with his name and photo, according to the Associated Press.
It is not known if Tercero has retained an attorney.
With no formal extradition treaty with the U.S., the question now becomes whether Nicaragua will extradite Tercero back to New York to face potential murder charges.
In 2013 Nicaragua did agree to extradite Eric Justin Toth, who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted for child pornography, but in that case Toth was not a citizen of the country.