A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Manchester man outside a Hartford nightclub earlier this month has been picked up in Florida. Police say 23-year-old Mike Cruz was picked up poolside at a hotel in Orlando.
He’s held in Lieu of $2 million bail on charged in the death of 19-year-old Brian Simpe of Manchester in an altercation outside the “Up or on the Rocks” nightclub on Allyn Street near Union Place just before 2:00 a.m. Aug. 4.
Cruz is known to Hartford police, who say he has six previous arrests, including narcotics and weapons offenses. He is held in Florida pending extradition.