12th Suspect in Slaying of ‘Junior’ Arrested in Connecticut
The 12th and final suspect has been arrested in the death of 15-year-old Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was brutally stabbed by a group of men in the Bronx on June 20.
Luis Cabrarasantos, 25, of the Bronx, was picked up by troopers around 2:30 p.m. during a traffic stop on I-84 in Southbury, Connecticut, on Monday, Connecticut State Police said.
Troopers from Southbury were watching traffic when their license plate reader detected that Cabrarasantos’s was wanted in connection with a murder in New York.
They stopped the vehicle and arrested Cabrarasantos, who was the driver.
He was charged with being a fugitive from justice and was held on a $1 million bond. He was held at the New Haven Correctional Center before a court appearance and extradition to New York.
Authorities believe Cabrarasantos was one of a group of men who chased down the innocent teen and slashed him with a machete outside a Bronx bodega.
Cabrarasantos was driving the gray Honda that investigators said was part of a four-vehicle entourage that chased Guzman-Feliz.
Footage of the incident shows Guzman-Feliz running into the bodega and jumping behind the counter to hide from the pursuing men, who authorities believe mistook him for a rival.
The men found Guzman-Feliz behind the counter and dragged him out of the store where at least one slashed his neck with a machete.
The men left him bleeding profusely, and he stumbled toward St. Barnabas Hospital nearby but collapsed outside.
His death has galvanized the community to take back the streets from violent gangs. Authorities believe the men who stabbed Guzman-Feliz were part of the Dominican Trinitarios gang.
The gang is also accused of dragging a 14-year-old into the median of the Bronx River Parkway and brutally beating him on June 18. The victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition for stab wounds and later lost a kidney.