Suspect Arrested for Teen's Murder at 'Holy Land'
In this mug photo released by the Waterbury police, Francisco Cruz, 19, of Waterbury, is shown. Cruz has been charged with killing a 16-year old girl whose body was found near the Holy Land USA religious attraction in Waterbury. [AP]
July 20, 2010
WATERBURY, Conn. — A 19-year-old Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the death of a teenager at a one-time religious attraction in Waterbury.
Francisco Cruz faces charges including capital felony that carries the possibility of the death penalty in the killing of 16-year-old Chloe Ottman.
He was presented in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday and charged with murder, sexual assault and strangulation. He’s being held on $5 million bail.
Court records say Cruz told police he had a crush on Ottman and raped, strangled and fatally stabbed her when she rejected his advances. Cruz’s body was found near the Holy Land USA site Saturday, a day after her family reported her missing.
It was not immediately clear if Cruz has a lawyer.