Brooklyn Man, 20, Arrested in Killing of Karina Vetrano: NYPD officials
- Author: Joey Payne Feb 07, 2017,
Feb 07, 2017, 0:57
The New York Police Department charged a man with second-degree murder in the death last August of a jogger in Queens, Detective Ahmed Nasser said.
Chanel Lewis, 20, of Brooklyn, was held without bail after his arraignment on murder charges in the August 2 slaying of 30-year-old Karina Vetrano, whose body was found amid the weeds in a marshy park not far from her Queens home.
Chanel Lewis, of Brooklyn, is being held without bail after his arraignment Sunday in the death of Karina Vetrano.
The NYPD's Police Commissioner and Queens District Attorney, Richard Brown, requested that the state DNA lab do a test called "familial searching" that would look for male relatives of the unknown killer in the case.
Vetrano's body was found by police and her father.
Authorities arrested 20-year-old Chanel Lewis from East New York after DNA evidence linked him to the crime scene, according to ABC.
Instead, it was the DNA of the man found on Karina that led to Lewis' long-awaited arrest.
Investigators have recovered DNA from Vetrano's remains, but the sample didn't match any convicted criminal in NY or around the country. However, the day she was killed Philip Vetrano skipped their run due to a hurting back.
"This is a very good day for justice in New York City", he said. She had been brutally sexually assaulted and then strangled.
Police zeroed in on Lewis when, the Daily News reports, "Lt. John Russo, who works in the Chief of Detectives office and also lives in Howard Beach, remembered something".
But he has received several police summons near Howard Beach for suspicious behaviour near a bicycle trail, not far from the crime scene. The resulting six-month long search for a suspect unearthed nearly no clues and sparked a reward for information that reached $280,000, the The New York Times reported.
They believe it likely belongs to her killer but have not been able to find a match on convicted criminal databases. "We know who did this", Phil Vetrano told CNN affiliate WCBS on Sunday in an interview outside the family's home.
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Mr Vetrano and his wife raised hunderds of thousands of dollars overnight when they launched an online campaign to catch the "vicious animal" who murdered their daughter.