The Riverside man arrested in the murder of an Aquebogue woman earlier this month has been indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury and will be arraigned in county criminal court Friday, prosecutors said.
Guillermo Alvarado-Ajcuc, 21, originally of Guatemala, was charged in Town Justice Court with second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old Mirian Yohana Garcia Mancilla, whose body was discovered near the parking lot behind the Riverhead DMV on May 7.
What, if any, additional charges the grand jury indicted him on — and if the second degree murder charge stuck — will remain unknown until the indictment is unsealed on Friday, officials said.
Prosecutors said in Justice Court last week that Mr. Alvarado-Ajcuc strangled Ms. Garcia with his belt as he raped her.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
During his arraignment, Mr. Alvarado-Ajcuc said he’s lived in the U.S. for the past four years and currently lives with his father. He doesn’t have a green card, he said. He’s being held without bail.
Ms. Garcia, 29, was last seen at the Sabor Latino bar and restaurant, which is in the same Peconic Plaza shopping center as the DMV, Suffolk police detectives had said.
Yohana, as she was known by family and friends, had worked cleaning and detailing boats at Larry’s Lighthouse Marina. She was a black belt in karate, a popular DJ who spun records at local parties and a soccer goalie for a women’s team on the North Fork.