NEW YORK (PIX11) — A 17-year-old subway fare evader stopped by police was wanted in connection with a murder, police said Sunday.
The teen was arrested on charges of murder, manslaughter, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a Sept. 24 shooting in the Bronx, officials said. Police have not publicly identified him because of his age.
Training officers with NYPD Transit stopped the teen when he “manipulated a turnstile to avoid paying the fare,” the NYPD tweeted. He was arrested when police learned he was wanted for a homicide committed in September.
“Big things have small beginnings. No better lesson for a field training Sergeant to impart upon these new officers than to question a man who evaded the fare, only to learn he’s wanted for a weeks-old homicide,” NYPD Transit tweeted. “Kudos to this team for bringing some closure to the victim’s family.”
Police previously arrested Ahkeem Chase and Latrell Fleming, both 18, in connection with the shooting death of Jose Alvarado. They were also charged with murder, manslaughter, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.
Alvarado was found on Hunts Point Avenue late at night on Sept. 24, officials said. He’d suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.