Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was stabbed to death late Wednesday.
Several people have been arrested in connection with the “brutal” murder of a 15-year-old boy in New York City, New York Police Department said Sunday.
While officials did not immediately how many arrests were made or who was arrested, the New York Post reported, citing police sources, five people were arrested in the killing of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz in the Bronx.
UPDATE: Arrests have been made and more are to be expected. The suspects are currently being questioned. We would like to thank the public for the outpouring of the tips shared, and we encourage people to continue to come forward and to share them by calling #800577TIPS. The case is ongoing #JusticeForJunior pic.twitter.com/4a3um4XkMd
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 25, 2018
Two suspects reportedly were taken into custody in the Bronx, while three were traced to Paterson, New Jersey.
The attack stemmed from a case of mistaken identity, the paper reported. The members of the Trinitarios street gang allegedly apologized to Guzman-Feliz’s family and said: “It was not intended for him.”
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The police said that they responded to a 911 call about an assault in progress just before midnight on Wednesday.
Guzman-Feliz, according to the researchers, was arguing with a group outside a bodega on East 183rd Street and was stabbed in the neck. The defendants bolts and Guzman-Feliz ran to the hospital across the street, where he died.
The NYPD released images of a group of five men last week believed to be connected to Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz “brutal” murder.
(New York Police Department)
Surveillance images published by the Post showed Guzman-Feliz is dragged out of the shop from his attackers, who were seen stabbing the teenager repeatedly with a machete.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan, described Guzman-Feliz is murder as ” one of the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36yr career.”
The stabbing murder of this young man is one of the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36yr career. @NYPDDetectives hard work is the capture of these killers, but we also need your help. Watch this video and call #800577TIPS with all the information you can provide. #JUSTICEFORJUNIOR pic.twitter.com/h6QxmGtEsx
— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) June 23, 2018
Rapper Cardi B, who hails from the Bronx, was distraught at the news of the Guzman-Feliz died. She wrote on Instagram, “This Bronx streets are ruthless.”
#justiceforjunior 🇩🇴R. I. P. .These Bronx streets are ruthless .What piss me off the most is that this BX police harassing the shit outta people then they see a boy bleeding to death and asking what happen ?”uuuummmmmmmm😤😤😤 How bout you call the ambulance if ya call in for back-up when ya see nikkas smoking in front of a building !!!!! People be like”call the police!” Call the police!!” But for what the operators ask you questions for just 4 minutes on the phone with an attitude and the police comes maaa lateeee.
The “I Like it” singer donated $8,000 to the teenager’s family through a GoFundMe page, Inside Edition reported. That fundraiser had raised more than $133,000 as of Sunday night.
Guzman-Feliz’s family said he was enrolled in the NYPD Explorers program, a youth and his dream was to be a detective for the city.
The police thanked the public for the “outpouring of the tips shared and we encourage people to continue to come forward and to share them by calling [800-577-TIPS.] The case is ongoing #JusticeForJunior.”
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