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Update: Cops ID Suspect in Hit-and-Run Death of Nun

Southampton Town police chief says Sister Jacqueline Walsh's killer has fled the state. Name and photo of suspect to be released Friday afternoon.

Eleven days after Sister Jacqueline Walsh was fatally struck by an SUV while on an evening walk on a quiet Water Mill street, have released the name and photograph of the man suspected to have been behind the wheel.

Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay, 30, was named as the suspect, described as a 30-year-old Hispanic male, with dark brown/black hair, brown eyes, 5 feet and 7 inches tall, and approximately 140 pounds. Police said he is known to frequent areas of Water Mill and Riverhead, and has a Guatemalan passport.

Police Chief William Wilson said he hopes the manhunt gets national media attention, because investigators now know the suspect has fled New York State.

"It is clear to us at this point that the suspect is no longer in the area," Wilson said.

Detectives did not release the name and photograph of the suspect earlier because active leads and good information was streaming in, the chief said. In fact, he added, "We were very close to him a few times." However, the suspect has stayed on the move and each time was gone before police arrived.

Southampton police are working with the U.S. Marshals, Suffolk County district attorney's office and other agencies, and now are turning to the public for help in apprehending Ixpec-Chitay.

"We are not going to stop looking for this guy until he is taken into custody," Wilson said.

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Wilson said he is aware that there are conspiracy theories that the police are protecting the real driver. He called the theories "patently ridiculous."

On the night of the hit-and-run, just a half mile from the scene, detectives located an unoccupied 2009 Volkswagen Touareg with front-end damage. Wilson said the suspect was an employee of the registered owner of the SUV, Andrew Zaro, who lives on the street where Sister Jackie was killed.

Sister Jackie, 59, who was a pastoral associate at in Syosset, was on retreat in Water Mill with fellow Sisters of Mercy, staying at a retreat house on Rose Hill Road. It was reportedly typical of her to go on walks alone. 

A passerby discovered her body at 8:30 that night and called police.

Grifhunter July 20, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I've been in the legal field for over 25 years and have never seen a situation where for over a week the police have known the identity of a fugitive killer and never released a photo and name. Never. Why has no intrepid reporter demanded an explanation as to why this info was withheld? Why has no political figure- county executive, town supervisor demanded an explanation? How come the public has no role in trying to spot and report on the alleged perp's location. Why no America's Most Wanted type of dissemination of fugitive information? If there is a sound law enformcement reason, the public is intelligent enough to handle it. No wonder there are conspiracies theories being thrown around.
Joanne Colangelo Franc July 20, 2012 at 06:55 PM
It would have been easier for Southhampton Police to just buy the driver an ticket out of country....whatever name and photo they release is just smoke and mirrors , money brought the true driver his freedom...if they were not covering up for someone they would have released name the next day...It is a total disrespect what Southhamptom police did..But I have said it before MONEY TALKS...
l hilden July 20, 2012 at 09:33 PM
hypocrisy and incompetence ....it's getting embarassing to tell people you live on long island when law enforcement cannot and will not do their job!! Sister was murdered ..yes, murdered in the same way a man enters a home and uses a gun...the car was the weapon.....it's infuriating to witness such a lack of justice and basic legal protocal...............WAKE UP
WMCK July 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM
What responsibility does the owner of the car have??? Zaro gave his car to an individual who killed a someone and he needs to be accountable as well.
JE July 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I agree with you. Does the suspect even have a valid driver license?
JE July 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nun_slayer_boss_give_up_fDDsb4ct4ls6pqE9Wykc1K If anyone is interested, the NYPost article about this case is a little more informative than Patch's.
Randi Portnoy July 21, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Sister Jackie would be alive today if illegal immigration was monitored by local law enforcement. Carlos Amando Ixpec-Chitay was in our country illegally, driving a car without a license, used it as a weapon and took the life of Sister Jackie. The owner of the car, who allowed "Carlos" to drive without a license must be held accountable as well. If our government truly enforced immigration laws maybe, just maybe, Sister Jackie would be here today.
Grifhunter July 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Carlos had a prior DWI conviction as an illegal. Then he had a Driving Without a License conviction, while illegal. Listen, even if you are pro illegal alien, at least deport instantly the one's who break the law. Otherwise, this is is what results.

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