Man accused in Sabatino's Pizza murder found hiding under sink in Niagara Falls

Eric Woody

The man accused of killing the owner of Sabatino's Pizza in Syracuse is now in police custody.

24-year-old Eric Woody was arrested Monday in Niagara Falls by the U.S. Marshal's New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force. He was found at 731 8th Street in Niagara Falls hiding in a cabinet under a sink.

Woody is accused of shooting and killing 38-year-old Shqair Shqair around 1:00 a.m. on October 1 at the pizza shop at 121 Ballantyne Road. Police say Woody walked into the store and demanded money. When Shqair didn't comply right away, they say Woody shot him. He then took off on foot.

Shqair was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was pronounced dead several hours later.

Police say Woody's location was developed by detectives in the Syracuse Fugitive Task Force and that information was immediately forwarded to the Buffalo Task Force. Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler credits the coordinated efforts of Syracuse Police and U.S. Marshal's for tracking down Woody.

He will be transported back to Syracuse to be arraigned on charges of second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He is due in Syracuse City Court on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

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