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Report: Long Island slay suspect apprehended in Jamaica

Elizabeth Hernandez, 33, of Shirley, was found dead in Shirley apartment in July 2013. Police say she was the victim of “an apparent homicide.”
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A man being sought by authorities on Long Island for questioning in connection with his girlfriend’s death has been captured by police on the Caribbean island of Jamaica, The Associated Press reported April 3.

Cleon Brown, 59, was scheduled to appear in a magistrate’s court Friday and authorities were expected to begin the process of extraditing him back to New York, the AP reported. According to the report, Brown was arrested by a police fugitive team in the parish of Hanover earlier this week.

Suffolk County homicide detectives were looking to question Brown since his girlfriend’s lifeless body was found hidden in her Shirley apartment in July.

“He’s certainly someone we’d like to speak with,” the squad’s commander, Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, said of Brown at a news conference after detectives found 33-year-old Elizabeth Hernandez dead in her apartment. “He is conspicuous in his absence.”

In July, police said it was clear Hernandez was the victim of an apparent homicide, but did not provide any other details other than saying she suffered injuries to her torso. The AP reported Thursday that Hernandez was stabbed to death.

Hernandez’s mother had filed a missing persons report with Suffolk County police several days before a detective investigating that report found Hernandez “secreted” within the home, Fitzpatrick said. Authorities declined to elaborate on that aspect of the case and would not say where in the home Hernandez’s body was found, remarking “only the person who put it there would know that.”

Fitzpatrick said police had responded numerous times to take domestic violence-related reports at the home. At the time of her death, Hernandez had an order of protection against Brown

The AP reported Brown was indicted in October in connection with his girlfriend’s death.

Spokesmen for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office and the Jamaica Constabulary Force did not immediately respond to requests for comment.