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Suspects in 2019 killing of Tonawanda mom, shootings of two children, held on unrelated charges

Posted at 10:49 AM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 18:34:44-04

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Two suspects in the Danielle Cretacci murder caseare in federal custody on separate charges.

That’s according to a source close to the investigation.

Cretacci was fatally shot in a home on Ebling Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda on August 27, 2019. Her two children were also shot during the home invasion, but they survived. The FBI had offered a rewardover the past year for information leading to an arrest.

According to paperwork filed in federal court, 37-year-old Ernest Green Junior, of Buffalo, was applying to be released on bail for a separate firearms charge. Federal prosecutors strongly urged his request for release be denied, stating Green is also “the prime suspect in a 2019 home invasion robbery-murder that included the attempted murder of two minor children.”

A source told 7 Eyewitness News that Green and another man became the primary focus of the investigation about five months ago. Still, neither of the men have been charged with Cretacci’s murder. The source also said neither suspect had admitted any involvement in the crimes.

Green has at least one other arrest on his criminal record. Last September, he was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, fleeing a police officer, obstructing government administration and 19 traffic charges, after fleeing from police and driving into Ellicott Creek.

7 Eyewitness News is still waiting on confirmation of Green’s alleged accomplice before releasing his name.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn declined to comment since the case remains under investigation.