Earlier this week, Jose Luis Cartagena Rodriguez, 54, of Pearsall Street in Glen Cove, was arrested for the fatal stabbing of Yanira Estella Canjura Martinez last month, according to police. Authorities said Martinez, 32, was found with multiple stab wounds behind 221 Glen St. in Glen Cove on the afternoon of Thursday, March 16, leaving behind a 5-year-old daughter. The Glen Cove Police immediately began an investigation into the murder and the Nassau County Homicide unit responded to the scene to assist the detectives in the investigation.
“We immediately determined this was a domestic crime because the victim’s purse, which contained money, was not taken,” said Det. Lt. John Nagle of the Glen Cove Police Department. “Surveillance recording from the area also confirmed the theory that robbery was not a motive.”
According to Nagle, a person of interest—an ex-boyfriend—was quickly identified from the investigation. Glen Cove detectives determined that immediately after the homicide, the suspect fled Glen Cove. Nagle said that, as the investigation progressed, all tips that came into the Glen Cove Police and the Nassau Police Tip Line were investigated. As the investigation continued, detectives were able to connect the ex-boyfriend to the murder, police said. Based on information provided, the detectives were able to track him to California, and the suspect was taken into custody on Monday, April 7, in northern California by detectives and officers from the federal marshals’ office. Authorities said the defendant waived extradition and is expected back in New York within the next week.
“At no time after the commission of this heinous crime was the public at large in any danger,” said Glen Cove Police Chief William Whitton. “Our investigation rapidly revealed details that this was a domestic related situation, and in the interest of making every effort to apprehend the suspect, we felt the need to not release information publicly.”
He added: “The public should note that, had there been any indicators of danger to the general public, we would have made that information available immediately.”
At the recent State of the City address, Whitton had clarified that Martinez’s daughter was with a babysitter at the time of the crime and did not witness it. He also said that a relative from out of state had plans to adopt her, and her biological father lives out of the country and is not involved in her life, nor was in any way connected with the crime.
“I would also like to thank the hard work of all the investigators who worked tirelessly to bring this person to justice,” Whitton said. “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to the hard work done by Detective Lieutenant John Nagle, Detective Chris Albin and officer Eddy Linares of the Glen Cove Detective Division, the Nassau County Homicide Squad and investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service.”