Two men have been charged with in connection with the homicide deaths of two men at an Alexander farm.
Raul Cruz, 18, of Warsaw and Prince NK Wilson, 23, of Albion were each charged with second-degree murder, a class A-1 felony, and arraigned in Town of Batavia Court on Saturday. They were both remanded to Genesee County Jail without bail.
The investigation began about 10 pm Friday when the Genesee County Emergency Communication Center received a phone call about a disturbance at 10216 Alexander Rd. When deputies arrived, they discovered two deceased Hispanic males inside a dwelling on the property. Smoke was coming from dwelling and after the fire was extinguished, it was determined that the two males had been the victim of a homicide, according to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office.
The victims have not been identified pending notification of their families.
Two suspects were identified and Wilson was located in Batavia and taken into custody a short time following the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Cruz was not located until Saturday afternoon when he was taken into custody in Warsaw.
The search for Cruz drew an active law enforcement presence to Wyoming County where sheriff deputies in patrol cars were seen at various times this morning stopped alongside patrol vehicles from Warsaw Village Police and state police. A particular area of interest appeared to be railroad tracks at the bottom of Burke Hill near Saltvale Road in Warsaw where the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office had positioned a patrol car. Village and state police vehicles also stopped briefly at that location.
Authorities did not confirm Saturday morning or afternoon if the search was related to the double homicide investigation in Alexander. Saturday evening, calls to the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office and Warsaw Police about the manhunt were directed to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for comment.
Second-degree murder is one of very few crimes considered an A-1 felony, and carries some of the state’s harshest sentences, including life in prison. Minimum sentences often begin at 15 years in prison.
The Sheriff’s Office, in a news release, said the investigation “indicates that this was an isolated incident and that there is no threat to public safety.”
The investigation is continuing. The Sheriff’s Office said no additional details will be released at this time.
The investigation is being conducted by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, State Police, Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Warsaw Police, Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, Albion Police, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Genesee County Emergency Management Office, and the Alexander Fire Department.