8th suspect arrested in stabbing death of 15-year-old in the Bronx

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CLAREMONT, the Bronx — The number of suspects in custody in connection with the killing of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz continued to grow Tuesday, as the NYPD announced an eight arrest in the machete slaying of the 15-year-old boy outside a Bronx bodega.

The latest suspect, identified as Elvin Garcia, was taken into custody in the Bronx, the borough's District Attorney Darcel Clark said outside the 48th Precinct.

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermont Shea joined her in the announcement.

"Literally as we speak, we've just, in this building, made an eighth arrest regarding this incident. That person will be prosecuted for murder," he said.

Shea did not rule out the possibility of more arrests, saying "the investigation is ongoing" and they will "leave no stone unturned."

Garcia was slated to face a judge Tuesday night.

He along with seven others are facing charges of murder, manslaughter, gang assault and other assault charges in the killing of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz.

The teen's slaying was captured on surveillance video and sparked widespread community outrage.

Guzman-Feliz was dragged outside the bodega and set upon by a gang of men who hacked at him as he struggled to defend himself. He was slashed in the neck and died after running to a hospital about a block away.

News of the eighth arrest comes after a group of six suspects in the case appeared before a judge in New Jersey and agreed to be extradited to New York.

They are:

  • Jose Muniz, 21, of Paterson, NJ
  • Jose Taverez, 21, of the Bronx, NY
  • Manuel Rivera, 18 of Bronx, NY
  • Danel Fernandez, 21 of Bronx, NY
  • Joniki Martinez, 24, of Freeport, NY
  • Santiago Rodriguez, 24, of Bronx, NY

Another suspect, Kevin Alvarez, 19, was charged on Monday. He pleaded not guilty.

The defense lawyer who oversaw the hearing of the six suspects in New Jersey acknowledged the intense activity on social media regarding the men accused of the killing the teen. She called for level-headedness in the wake of the tragedy.

"All of these men have families," deputy public defender Judy Fallon said.

She said the suspects' family members have received threatening messages, including death threats.

"I ask that everyone please allow the system to run its court," Fallon said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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