NY teen hacked to death with machete over mistaken identity; 5 arrested
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 27, 2018,
Jun 27, 2018, 3:46
So far, six suspects have been arrested in the senseless slaying.
The video shows five men-at least two with their faces covered with shirts-dragging Guzman-Feliz outside and stabbing him all over his body, including both sides of his neck.
News of the eighth arrest comes after a group of six suspects in the case appeared before a judge in New Jersey and agreed to be extradited to NY. He made his first court appearance in New York Monday evening and entered a plea of not guilty.
It is not clear whether the members of the Trinitarios gang - a Dominican gang based out of New York's Rikers Island prison - are American citizens.
Police say Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, who was affectionately known as Junior, was attacked on Wednesday night outside a bodega on East 183rd St. near Bathgate Ave.in Belmont. "Pick up a gun, pick up a machete, rob an elderly victim walking home from the train is a one-way ticket to prison", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said.
Clockwise Top left: "Danel Fernandez, Joniki Martinez, Jose Muniz, Jose Taverez, Manuel Rivera and Santiago Rodriguez have all been arrested on the suspicion of the homicide of 15-year-old Lesandro 'Junior" Guzman-Feliz in the Bronx, New York. He remains hospitalized in critical condition.
A relative says the gang suspected of killing him admitted on social media it attacked the wrong person.
Guzman-Feliz was killed on June 20 after five members of the Trinitarios gang dragged the child out of a bodega in a case of mistaken identity.
Police said Guzman-Feliz knew the suspects and the stabbing may have been gang-related, though Guzman-Feliz-who had no criminal record-was not a part of a gang.
Guzman-Feliz was a sophomore at the Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health & Science Charter School.
New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill was among the hundreds who attended his wake. Family members said the teen was in the area because he was going to lend money to a friend.
He wrote on the page: "Hey everyone I opened up a gofundme account for my brother in law and he's family due to financial difficulties at this moment since he's death was so sudden and tragic". "It's good because they have to pay but I want my son back".