NYPD Arrests Man in Connection with Slain Queens Jogger Case

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
February 5, 2017 Updated: February 5, 2017

A man was arrested in connection to the killing of a jogger, Karina Vetrano, who was found dead in Queens, New York, about six months ago.

The New York Daily News reported that officers are questioning a man who was linked to the victim through DNA found on her body.

They arrested him on Saturday afternoon, sources told the paper.

A person familiar with the case identified him as Chanel Lewis, 20, of East New York in Brooklyn.

NBC New York has more details on the suspect and his capture:

The man was interviewed on Tuesday, and he volunteered a DNA sample and the results came back Saturday, sources say.

Police sources say that the person in custody has an arrest history, but nothing of a sexual nature that would have made detectives focus on him specifically.

Vetrano, 30, was found beaten, strangled, and sexually assaulted on Aug. 2 in the neighborhood of Howard Beach.

She left her home for a jog at around 5 p.m. on Aug. 2. When she didn’t return, family members reported her missing to the police and mounted a search. Vetrano was found by her father around 14 blocks from her home. Specifically, he found her body in a marshy area about 15 feet from the jogging path.

“I’m literally shaking right now,” a close friend of Vetrano’s told the Daily News after the suspect was nabbed. “I want to see his face. I want to see if I know him.”

The NYPD is slated to hold a conference Sunday about the arrest.