Teen suspect in Barnard student’s killing is released
NEW YORK — A 14-year-old boy suspected of fatally stabbing a Barnard College freshman was released from police custody on Thursday, mere hours after New York City police said he had been located following a two-week manhunt.
Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison tweeted that finding the suspect “was a significant development in the investigative process,” but that the youth had since been released to the custody of his lawyers. Harrison didn’t say why the boy was released.
A police spokesman declined to provide details, saying “the investigation remains active and ongoing.”
A spokesman for Neighborhood Defender Service confirmed that the organization is providing the boy with legal representation but declined to comment further.
The 14-year-old is one of three youths police believe were involved in the stabbing of 18-yearold Tessa Majors as she walked through Manhattan’s Morningside Park on
Police tracked him down after taking the unusual step last Friday of releasing photographs of him but not his name or any other identifying information.
Of the two other suspects, only one has been charged.
In this Dec. 12, file photo, people pause and place a candle at a make-shift memorial for Tessa Majors inside the Barnard campus in New York.