Teen sus­pect in Barnard stu­dent’s killing is re­leased

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front - By MICHAEL R. SISAK

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

Dec. 11.

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.

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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.

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