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Suspect In Fatal Shooting Arrested Poolside In Orlando

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Mike Cruz (Courtesy Hartford Police)

Mike Cruz (Courtesy Hartford Police)

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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.

(See earlier story)

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