Eighth Suspect Arrested in Murder of Bronx Teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz
An eighth suspect has been arrested in the stabbing death of a Bronx teenager last week.
Elvin Garcia was arrested in the Bronx on Tuesday, and is charged with murder, manslaughter, and criminal possession of a weapon, the New York Post reported, citing police.
As news of Garcia’s arrest broke, six other suspects were awaiting extradition from New Jersey to New York. The suspects were taken into custody in Paterson, New Jersey, on Sunday, and waived their right to an extradition hearing.
Police said they expected all would be charged with murder, but said the exact charges were being worked out with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, according to AMNY.
Police released photos of five suspects caught on video dragging 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz from a Bronx bodega before stabbing him with machetes and knives. Footage shows the teen returning to the store after the attack, then walking toward nearby Saint Barnabas Hospital, where he died.
Family and friends described Lesandro as a good kid who had ambitions to join the NYPD as a detective. He was in the NYPD’s Law Enforcement Explorers Program which teaches youth about careers in law enforcement.
What’s worse, police and his family believe his death was the result of mistaken identity.
His brother-in-law, Derek Grullon, said he and his wife were both contacted by members of the Dominican gang Trinitarios, who apologized for the slaying.
“I’m sorry,” Grullon told the Post one of the messages from a gang leader read. “I know it doesn’t mean a lot. It wasn’t supposed to be him.”
He added that the leader told him all those involved in the attack had been kicked out of the gang.
The tragic mistaken-identity slaying may have been sparked by a sex video, police sources told the Post. The video was reportedly made with the female relative of one of the Trinitarios.
“The brutal nature of this crime, we will leave literally no stone unturned until we make sure that we get justice and we make sure that everyone involved in this incident are brought to justice,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said in announcing the latest arrest, according to the Post.
Police believe the Trinitarios may also be behind the attack of a 14-year-old in the Bronx on June 18. The teen was chased to a median in the Bronx River Parkway and beaten up. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Anyone with information on either crime asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), text 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577, or visit nypdcrimestoppers.com