Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz was stabbed to death late Wednesday.
The New York Police Department on Monday identified one of the five suspects of the brutal murder of a 15-year-old boy who was pulled out of a store and repeatedly stabbed by a group of men with long knives.
Surveillance images published by the Post showed Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who dreamed of being a police officer, dragged out of the shop from his attackers, who were seen stabbing the teenager repeatedly with a machete.
The New York Post, citing police sources, identified one of the suspects as Kevin J. Alvarez, 19. He was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, gang assault and assault, the paper reported.
Two suspects reportedly were taken into custody in the Bronx, while three were traced to Paterson, New Jersey.
Crowd cheering as the 19-year-old Kevin J Alvarez was walked away in handcuffs; charged with Murder 2, Manslaughter, Gang Assault, Assault for the attack on 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz in the Bronx. #JusticeForLesandro #JUSTICEFORJUNIOR pic.twitter.com/mMQ9pE3bYY
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) June 25, 2018
The attack stemmed from a case of mistaken identity, the paper reported.
The New York Times reported that social media users believed that the victim confused with a other teen seen in a sex video with one of the suspect’s family members.
The members of the Trinitarios street gang allegedly apologized to Guzman-Feliz’s family and said: “It was not intended for him.”
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
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 tried a nearby hospital on foot, but collapsed before arrival.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan, described Guzman-Feliz is murder as ” one of the most brutal crimes I’ve seen in my 36yr career.”
The Times reported that the NYPD is inundated with tips and more staff to field all calls to the city 1-800-577-TIPS hotline.
Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report