Karina Vetrano Update: Dad of suspect says ‘no way’ his son is the killer

The father of the suspect arrested for the death of New York jogger, Karina Vetrano, is adamant that police have the wrong person. He opened up on Sunday and claimed that his son was “too peaceful” to carry out such a violent crime.

The New York Post reports that  Richard Lewis, a former high school principal, said that his son, Chanel Lewis, 20, didn’t have it in him to be involved in Vetrano’s murder. Chris Lewis was arrested this weekend after detectives learned his whereabouts from a tipster who said he was acting strange.

“Chanel would never have gone to do what they say he has done. He’s never had a fight in his 20 years…He’s a humble kid. He’s a very humble kid,” Richard Lewis said.

Richard Lewis also pointed out that his son was a good student. Police said that the suspect had no prior arrests, yet, regardless, there was still enough information gathered to arrest him and charge him with Vetrano’s murder.

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Vetrano, 30, was jogging in the Spring Creek Park area on August 2 when someone grabbed her, raped her, and strangled her to death. It was her own father, retired FDNY Firefighter, Philip Vetrano, who found her a few days later. She was found face-down in a marshy area, close to a trail near 161st Avenue and 78th Street.

Within days after her disappearance, detectives obtained DNA samples from Vetrano’s cellphone, neck, and fingernails. The DNA samples found were reportedly linked back to Chanel Lewis. Yet, even when told about the evidence, Richard Lewis stood firm in his opinion that his son wasn’t involved. He did indicate that he was sorry to hear about Vetrano’s death, but claimed Chanel wouldn’t have been “a part of that.”

“I’m sorry to hear about [your daughter], but I’m sure that [Chanel] would not be a part of that.”

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