Neighbors of Conrado Juarez shocked at his arrest in Baby Hope murder

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MORRIS HEIGHTS, The Bronx (PIX11) – Accused Baby Hope killer, Conrado Juarez, has been hiding in plain sight, not just from detectives, but also from his neighbors in the Bronx.

“He lives here. Oh my goodness,” said a stunned Christy Hernandez.  “I was just hearing about it in the supermarket. And the people in there talking about if he should get the death penalty.”

Juarez has been living with his family in the River Park Towers in the Morris Heights section.  Neighbor Stanley Pullen says he would often run into him.

“Everybody knew him out here.  He used to come pick up cans here, picking up cans by my house all the time. He always kept to himself,” Pullen said.

Juarez, now 52, has confessed to sexually assaulting and smothering his four-year-old cousin, recently identified as Anjelica Castillo.  Her decomposed body was found in a cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway in 1991. Police announced his arrest on Saturday, after an investigation that went on for 22 years.

Juarez had been working for the past few weeks as a dishwasher at Pesce Pasta restaurant on Bleecker Street.  It’s where cops finally caught up with him.

Juarez, now 52, has confessed to sexually assaulting and smothering to death his 4-year-old cousin, recently identified as Anjelica Castillo.  Her decomposed body was found in a cooler along the Henry Hudson Parkway in 1991.  Police announced his arrest on Saturday, after an investigation that went on for more than two decades.