MIAMI — A Queens man wanted for questioning in the murder of his girlfriend was apprehended by police in Miami, Fla., officials said.
Carlos Leon, fled the Jamaica apartment he shared with Miriam Velez-Samayoa on Oct. 17 moments after strangling her and setting her corpse on fire in the bathtub, police sources said.
Police suspect an accelerant was used in the attack.
Leon boarded a Greyhound bus to Miami that same day and was apprehended by NYPD detectives and Miami-Dade county police on Oct. 20 — three days after the murder.
He appeared in a Miami court on Oct. 21 and refused to waive extradition. Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney, is seeking a governor’s warrant to extradite him back to New York.
Velez-Samayoa and Leon were planning to fly to Guatemala to take care of her sick mother, friends said.
Charges against Leon are pending, police said.