Chanel Lewis allegedly admitted to killing Karina Vetrano, a New York City woman who was strangled last summer while out on a run.
A source in law enforcement supposedly told the New York Daily News late Sunday that Lewis, 20, was “very forthcoming” once taken into custody.
As Crime Online reported earlier today, Lewis was taken in on Saturday for his possible involvement in the Aug. 2 murder of Vetrano, 30. Investigators claimed DNA was recovered from her fingernails shortly after the attack.
The Daily News’ source said the following about Lewis:
“He gave a detailed incriminating account of what happened — but he doesn’t really explain why it happened. It was a very random thing. He just came up on her and acted out. There wasn’t any conversation. It was a chance encounter. There was no reason to believe he was stalking her. He just happened to come up on her.”
Though the DNA didn’t match anyone in the criminal database, Lewis became a suspect after a neighbor allegedly placed a 911 call citing him as a “suspicious person.”
According to the source, Lewis doesn’t have a criminal record, but his prior behavior was extremely telling.
“But he’s had previous incidents in which he has expressed a hatred for women. He’s thought of hurting women or attacking women. He’s expressed a deep-seated aggression towards women. But it was nothing he’s ever acted on,” the unnamed source mentioned.
Officers from the 106th Precinct were able to identify Lewis, who voluntarily provided a DNA sample on Thursday. Authorities claimed Lewis’ sample matched the one recovered from Vetrano’s fingernails. He was arrested at his East New York home Saturday evening.
“Karina helped us identify this person,” Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said during a Sunday press conference, according to DNAinfo. “This is a very good day for justice in New York City.”
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