An Astoria man who was wanted for questioning by the NYPD in his wife’s murder case was arrested late Saturday night at a Fairfield, Conn. rest stop.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s office, Hawes is being charged with second-degree murder among a slew of others crimes.
Responding to 911 calls, police found Tara Hawes 33, unconscious in her Astoria apartment at 26-80 30 St. on the night of Feb. 2. She showed signs of blunt force trauma to her head, and EMS pronounced her dead at the scene. Police began searching for her husband shortly thereafter.
Connecticut State Police picked up Jordan Hawes on the northbound side of I-95. Lt. J. Paul Vance said Jordan Hawes 32, was arrested while in possession of a stolen vehicle. In Connecticut, Hawes faces the charge of larceny in the second degree, according to Connecticut court records.
The Queens DA office said Jordan Hawes has also been charged with two counts of grand larceny, one count of stolen property, one count of possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a private vehicle and posession of weapons.
Tara Hawes, who worked at Manhattan’s Aaron School as a special needs teacher, held a BFA from FIT, and a master’s in education as well as in special education from Hunter College. She was working on a master’s in literacy from Hunter at the time of her death.
Paula Neudorf contributed to this story.