UPDATE, Tuesday, July 24, 7:15 a.m.
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers, in an email released early Tuesday morning, announced that it is offering up to a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of Mr. Ixpec-Chitay.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential, police said.
UPDATE, Friday, 5:28 p.m.
Andrew Zaro, the owner of the Volkswagen Touareg that one of his workers, Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30, is accused of driving when he struck and killed Roman Catholic nun Sister Jacqueline Walsh, has hired local attorney Edward Burke Jr. to represent him.
“There will be a civil case most likely, and we need to guide him through paperwork,” Mr. Burke said early Friday evening. He said the expected litigation could stem from Mr. Zaro being the registered owner of the vehicle involved in the fatal crash.
Mr. Burke said his client has been cooperative with police, that he did not help Mr. Ixpec-Chitay escape and that he encouraged his employee to surrender. Mr. Zaro was in New York City during the time of the crash, he said.
Mr. Ixpec-Chitay remains at large and is said to move about five times per night.
Mr. Burke said he does not expect Mr. Zaro to face criminal charges in connection with the case.
UPDATE: Friday, 4:40 p.m.
Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30, was identified as the suspect police have been searching for in the July 9 fatal hit-and-run of Roman Catholic nun Sister Jacqueline Walsh in Water Mill, Southampton Town Police detectives said on Friday afternoon.
Police say he is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds and is known to frequent areas in Water Mill and Riverhead, though he has since fled New York State.
Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call Town Police detectives at (631) 702-2230 or email detectives at firstname.lastname@example.org. Calls will be kept confidential, police said.
ORIGINAL STORY: Friday, 11 a.m.
The suspect in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed Roman Catholic nun Sister Jacqueline Walsh on Rose Hill Road in Water Mill during dusk on Monday, July 9, has fled New York State, and the U.S. Marshals Service has taken the lead in the manhunt.
The suspect—whose name and photograph may be released by authorities soon—is believed to have received assistance in getting transportation out of the area. It is not determined yet if other people will be charged in connection with his getaway, according to Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr.
The suspect is about 30 years old and believed to be of Guatemalan descent. He has a Guatemalan passport, but it was not clear if he holds a visa, he said.
Police said he returned to the crash scene after ditching the vehicle a little more than half a mile away, in a remote, residential driveway on Crescent Avenue, where the car was left with its front-end damage obscured. He appeared distraught and then disappeared.
He was employed as a worker for businessman Andrew Zaro, who owns a waterfront estate at the southern tip of Rose Hill Road. The suspect is the presumed driver of Mr. Zaro’s 2009 Volkswagen Touareg SUV, which struck and killed 59-year-old Syosset resident Sister Walsh, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas order who had been participating in a religious retreat at the Sisters’ Mercy Villa retreat house on Rose Hill Road. Sister Walsh had gone out for a solo stroll when she was fatally struck. She was dead upon the arrival of police and was buried in Westbury last weekend.
The Sisters of Mercy have been known as the “Walking Sisters” dating back to their Irish origins in which they would walk the local streets to serve those who were poor, sick and in need of education. The nuns at Mercy Villa often walk along Rose Hill Road to the water’s edge, rosaries in hand, the sisters and neighbors have said.
Rose Hill Road is a normally quiet backroad, with no sidewalk or shoulder. The posted speed limit is 30 mph.
Southampton Town Police are still working closely on the case with the Marshals, and Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota’s office, the New York State Police and the Suffolk County Crime Laboratory.