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Man Suspected of Killing Wife and Abandoning 5-Year-Old Daughter in N.Y.C. Bus Terminal Arrested

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Authorities arrested a man suspected of murdering his wife in Connecticut before taking his 5-year-old daughter to New York City and allegedly abandoned her in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, according to several reports.

Elmer Gomez Ruano, 32, was found by authorities in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday, and was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals near a homeless shelter, according to WABC and NJ.com.

“He’s in custody,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said, according to the New York Daily News. “We’re not going to tell you how we got him, but we got him.”

Stamford Police Department

Police found the girl on the second-floor concourse of the Port Authority Bus Terminal Monday morning and took her to the police station where they determined that her father allegedly left her in the station, NBC New York reports.

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As previously reported, after the little girl was retrieved, she led police to her home in Stamford, Connecticut, where authorities found the body of her mother, Dionicia Bautista-Cano.

Bautista-Cano moved from New Jersey to Stamford last weekend to reunite with Ruano, after a period of estrangement, according to the New York Daily News.

Officials told reporters that the girl was unharmed and is now in the custody of New York City’s children services.

Ruano is being held without bail on child endangerment charges in Manhattan Criminal Court early Saturday and is awaiting extradition to Connecticut, according to the New York Daily News. PEOPLE was unable to confirm if he had entered a plea or has retained an attorney.

A spokesperson for the NYPD declined to comment on the case.