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$2,500 reward offered in search for fugitive in North Tonawanda killing

U.S. marshals are offering a $2,500 reward as part of their search for fugitive Dominick Cruz, who is wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in a North Tonawanda parking lot.

Authorities believe that Cruz, 39, shot Mark D. Sternin Jr., 25, of the City of Tonawanda, and Tyler P. Sadauskas, 24, of Middleport, in January, killing Sternin and seriously wounding Sadauskas. They say Cruz escaped out a side door when law enforcement showed up at his workplace to arrest him.

“Dominick Cruz’s blatant disregard for human life and the law have made this case a top priority for us,” said U.S. Marshal Charles F. Salina. “Our deputy U.S. marshals and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners will leave no stone unturned until this dangerous fugitive faces justice.”

Investigators say Cruz has ties to Buffalo and Rochester, as well as Chicago, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, and may have fled the state. He is wanted by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, and criminal possession of a weapon.

“Because of his criminal history and the brutal nature of this crime, Cruz should be considered armed and dangerous,” Salina said.

Cruz is described as of Puerto Rican descent, 5-feet-4 and 140 pounds, with brown eyes and black hair. He also has numerous tattoos, including “ARC” on his ring finger, “DÉJÀ VU” on his stomach and a cross and his mother’s name, “IYA WOCITA OYA,” on his back.

The reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading directly to Cruz’s arrest. People are encouraged to contact the local marshals office, the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 800-336-0102, or email usms.wanted@usdoj.gov.

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