Police reportedly arrested another man in connection with the June stabbing death of Bronx teen Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, bringing the number of suspects in custody to 14.
Police sources told WPIX Sunday that Frederick Then, 20, turned himself in and was charged with murder, manslaughter, gang assault, conspiracy, and criminal possession of a weapon. During his arraignment Monday, prosecutors said Then was one of the men who chased Guzman-Feliz, 15, through the Bronx and to his subsequent death.
Then was deemed a flight risk and ordered to be held without bail. Sources told WPIX that Then spent his time between New York and Passaic County, New Jersey, in the month after Guzman-Feliz’s death and that he used multiple phones to evade police.
“I’m innocent,” Then said in Spanish, as police escorted him out of the 48th Precinct station house Sunday night, according to the New York Daily News.
Then’s arrest comes weeks after the New York Police Department announced the arrest of their 13th suspect, Ronald Urena, 29. Urena is facing the same charges as Then, according to Fox News.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, surveillance cameras captured a group of men dragging the 15-year-old outside a Bronx bodega before attacking him. The injured teen could be seen stumbling inside the bodega before exiting and making a run for the hospital. The teen reportedly took his last breaths mere steps away from the emergency room.
Reports indicated that police suspect the teen was mistaken for a rival gang member.
In addition to Then and Urena, the following 12 men—all suspected members of the Trinitarios gang—have been arrested in connection with the June 20 murder:
- Luis A. Cabrarasantos, 25;
- Danilo Payamps Pacheco, 21;
- Danel Fernandez, 21;
- Jose Muniz, 21;
- Manuel Rivera, 18;
- Santiago Rodriguez, 24;
- Kevin Alvarez, 19;
- Elvin Garcia, 23;
- Joniki Martinez, 24;
- Jose Taverez, 21;
- Diego Suero, 29; and
- Gabriel Ramirez Concepcion, 26
[Featured Image: Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz/NYPD via AP, File]