Ernest Broadnax is charged with two counts of murder and a count of rape after detectives “began aggressively researching a strong lead they had received in the case."
Police said Seethaler was shot twice, strangled and her neck cut with a wine bottle.
Pietropola, police said, was shot three times, raped and strangled, the AP reported.
Their purses were dumped on the floor of the cottage, but police said they did not consider robbery as a motive, according to AP.
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Broadnax was arrested at his Queens, New York apartment.
"He was very nice, he was very calm, I never saw him violent or say a vicious word to anyone, but you never know who you’re with," said Tiara Stewart, Broadnax's neighbor.
Cox Media Group’s National Content Desk contributed to this report.