MAMARONECK, N.Y. (CBS 2/WCBS 880) — Crime scene investigators spent many hours Monday gathering evidence inside the home of an apparent Mamraoneck murder victim.
Authorities were seeking to build a case against 54-year-old Reginald Powell, seen as the prime suspect in the death of Jennifer Katz, a 49-year-old divorced mother of two.READ MORE: Brian Laundrie: Who Is Gabby Petito's Fiancé, And What Do We Know About Him?
Police said Powell, who has spent 22 years in prison for a 1982 homicide until his parole in 2008, was stopped by NYPD officers in Harlem for a traffic violation, CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reported.
Powell was found to be driving a vehicle registered to Katz and in possession of some of her jewelry. Authorities said Powell tried to get away on foot, but was captured a few blocks away.
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Mamaroneck police were notified and found Katz’s body when they rushed to her home. A police source told CBS 2 that Katz had dated Powell’s brother for a time after her divorce.
Powell was being held by police Monday night on burglary charges .
At the time of her death, Katz’s two daughters were in North Carolina spending the holiday with their father.
“I’m devastated for her children. I have two children, one goes to the high school with her daughter, and I don’t know how you recover from a tragedy like this. So we’ll pray for them,” neighbor Alice Horowitz said.MORE NEWS: Coroner Confirms Remains Found Are Gabby Petito's, Says Manner Of Death Is A Homicide As Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie
Police haven’t said how or when Katz was killed, but an autopsy has been completed. Those results have not yet been made public.