The man arrested for the rape and murder of lovely Karina Vetrano last August has been identifed by police as 20 year old Chanel Lewis. His family says they’re in shock because he dindu nuffins. He does appear similar to the suspect in the police sketch.
This Saboteur365 post from August 17 of last year describes the efforts of Phil Vetrano, Karina’s father, to prod the world into helping him find his daughter’s killer. Both Phil and the girl’s mother have vowed Scilian vengeance upon their girl’s killer. I love their attitude. This is one g*ddamned Negroid killer who isn’t going to get a hug and forgiveness from the family.
We should all be ecstatic that a subhuman maggot has been removed from the streets. Many thanks to Phil and the NYPD for their unceasing efforts to solve this case.
The got him.
Cops made a long-awaited arrest Saturday in the savage slaying of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, police sources said.
Detectives were grilling the suspect — a Brooklyn man who was linked to the victim through DNA recovered from her body — at the 106th Precinct stationhouse in Howard Beach after nabbing him Saturday afternoon, sources said.
Charges were pending but the man was expected to be hit with murder counts.
He was described as an East New York resident in his 20s who lives in public housing and had no history of violent crimes, sources said.
A law enforcement source said detectives zeroed in on the man after combing through stop and frisk reports from the neighborhoods near the scene of Vetrano’s killing.
The suspect was questioned last year after cops spotted him acting suspiciously in the area.
Detectives tracked him down in recent weeks and obtained his DNA — leading to his arrest, sources said.
The NYPD was expected to hold a Sunday news conference announcing the high-profile arrest.
“I’m literally shaking right now,” a close friend of Vetrano’s said after rushing over to the family’s Howard Beach home. “I want to see his face. I want to see if I know him.”
The 30-year-old Vetrano vanished on the night of Aug. 2 after leaving for a jog through Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach.
Her father found her lifeless body facedown amid towering weeds about 15 feet off the desolate path while helping police search for her.
Vetrano was raped and strangled after putting up a furious fight, authorities said.
The slaying sparked a massive manhunt that yielded few clues.
In the days and weeks following her killing, Vetrano’s parents Phil and Cathy made a series of impassioned pleas for someone to turn in the perpetrator.
NYPD officers were posted outside the Vetrano home Saturday night. Reached by phone, Phil Vetrano refused to comment.
Police recovered the murderer’s DNA from Vetrano’s body, but the sample didn’t match anyone in either New York or national DNA databases of convicted criminals.
Cops also cobbled together a sketch of a “person of interest” seen in the park around the time of the murder, but it failed to produce a break in the case.
Earlier this week, NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce revealed that investigators had a “strong lead” in the case.
“We’ve had many strong leads as you know, but they haven’t made any progress in the investigation,” said Boyce. “That area … where Brooklyn meets Queens, we’ve looked through every summons, every arrest from the 106 Precinct right into the 75 and 73 (precincts).”
Vetrano’s family and the NYPD used the case to push for the state to allow familial DNA testing, which would create partial matches with the killer’s relatives.
“This is a powerful investigative tool that we want made available to the NYPD and the public,” Deputy Chief Emanuel Katranakis said in a Daily News interview on Jan. 26. “There is clearly a public need for the victims and the victims’ families to bring closure in some cases and to fight crime.”
The State Commission on Forensic Science was expected to review the request next week.
Phil Vetrano called familial DNA testing a “no brainer.”
“He can grow a beard. He can cut off his genitals and become a female,” Vetrano said on Thursday as he marked the six-month anniversary of his daughter’s death. “That will not matter, because he cannot change his DNA.”
As detectives began the search for her killer, Vetrano’s family put together a GoFundMe page to collect donations that would be used as a reward.
By Saturday night, the family had raised more than $287,000.
Hours after news reports surfaced of the arrest, a neighbor walked over to the Vetrano home and shook the hands of the cops posted outside.
“These are the heroes. Nice job, guys,” he said. “God bless them and God bless the NYPD.”
Even if you never give up, you still might not prevail in your search for justice. That’s just a fact of life.
But every family that has an unsolved murder in their history should be happy that this case was solved. Now it’s up to the prosecutors to build an airtight case. It’s also up to a judge and jury to dole out the strongest penalty the law will allow. If only that penalty were death, but New York has banned the death penalty.