Raymond Clark III, the muscular lab technician was arrested and charged with on Thursday morning in the murder of grad student Annie Le, police confirm. Read more on Raymond Clark’s arrest below.
Raymond Clark III was led out of a Super 8 Motel in handcuffs and placed in an unmarked police car around 8:30 a.m. Clark was transported to the New Haven police station. Ray Clark’s bond has been set at $3 million.
“Based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence, and information learned from viewing video surveillance, detectives have secured the arrest warrant for Clark,” New Haven Police Chief James Lewis said.
Lewis said Le, 24, was not sexually assaulted. He called her strangulation death a case of “workplace violence,” but would not give details on what might have triggered the attack.
There are no other suspects, Lewis added.
Reports say that authorities have linked DNA from Clark, 24, who worked in the same Yale building as Le, to the murder.
Clark reportedly failed a lie detector test and had scratch marks on his chest. And computer records from Yale show he was the last person to see Annie Le.
Swipe cards Le and Clark used to move through different areas of college buildings showed they were in the same room shortly after 10 a.m. on Sept. 8, The Hartford Courant reported.
Le, 24, wasn’t seen alive after that, and her card wasn’t used again. But Clark swiped into the area where Le’s body was found five days later in a crawlspace.
New Haven Police Chief James Lewis have not given details of Clark and Le’s relationship, only saying they passed in the halls in their workplace.
Cops interviewed Clark several times in the days after Le disappeared, but then he stopped talking with detectives and asked for a lawyer.
State police officers impounded Clark’s red Mustang yesterday. They also took about 150 pieces of forensic evidence from the Yale lab, where he mostly did janitorial work.
Le’s body was discovered stuffed behind a basement wall inside the lab on Sunday, the day she was to have been married on Long Island.
The official cause of her death was ruled as “traumatic asphyxiation due to neck compression.”
New details of Raymond Clark III’s past include an allegation of forcible sex.
A high school sweetheart told Connecticut cops six years ago that he forced her to have sex, the New Haven Independent reported.
“I feel like I’m 16 all over again,” the unidentified woman wrote in recent postings on her Facebook page, the Independent reported. “It’s just bringing back everything.”
Clark and the young woman attended Branford High School, where he played on the baseball team and was a member of the Asian Awareness Club.
Cops were summoned to the Connecticut school in 2003 after Clark and the girlfriend got into a confrontation.
She told cops “that at one time did force her to have sex with him,” a detective wrote in the police report.
The young woman declined to press charges.
Clark’s neighbors in Middletown, Conn., were in disbelief that he was at the center of a murder probe.
“He always seemed too quiet,” neighbor Rick Tarallo, 23, said. “Other than that, he seemed like a very good guy. He didn’t strike me as he was gonna kill somebody. I’m still in shock.”
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