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Police arrest suspect in Howard Beach jogger's murder

07 February 2017, 12:46 | Ella Tate

Suspect arrested in Karina Vetrano case: sources

The 106th Precinct in Queens where police officers are reportedly questioning a suspect linked to the killing of Karina Vetrano

A 20-year-old man was arraigned Sunday night after police say he killed Howard Beach jogger Karina Vetrano.

Chanel Lewis, who lives in public housing in East New York, was facing homicide charges in the savage slaying and rape of Vetrano, 30, who was attacked August 2 as she ran through a remote area of Queens known as Spring Creek Park, which straddles the Brooklyn/Queens border, police officials said.

20-year-old Chanel Lewis was arrested yesterday, but charges have yet to be filed.

"This defendant admitted to attacking the victim, admitted to beating her, to strangling her and dragging her body in the weeds", Queens assistant district attorney Michael Curtis said.

A woman named Karina Vetrano had been jogging on August 2 previous year when she was brutally raped and murdered in broad daylight.

Vetrano's body was found by police and her father.

The day before Lewis's arrest, Cathie and Philip Vetrano held a press conference in Howard Beach pleading with the state to allow familial DNA to be used in the state in order to broaden the search for their daughter's case. His DNA matched samples found on the scene leading to his arrest.


Cops said she had put up a "vicious fight" which left the killer's DNA under her fingernails. She had been raped and strangled. But his father, Richard Lewis, doesn't believe the accusations.

However, authorities circled back to a previous report from a Howard Beach resident who called police with reports of Lewis acting suspiciously near the area back in May. Police found a summons, tracked Lewis down, and he took a voluntary DNA swab on Thursday.

Vetrano, who was 30 at the time, was killed August 2 after going for a run not far from her home in Queens.

The Vetrano family have vowed to push for familial DNA screening, a controversial practice now banned under NY law.

As of right now, it would appear Karina Vetrano's heartless killer has allegedly been taken off of the streets.

You gotta remember Karina helped us identify this person. When she didn't return home, her parents reported her missing.



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