Teen charged in fa­tal stab­bing of col­lege stu­dent in NYC park

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

NEW YORK — A 14year-old boy has been ar­rested in the fa­tal park stab­bing of a Barnard Col­lege stu­dent dur­ing a rob­bery Dec. 11, a crime that rat­tled New York City res­i­dents, au­thor­i­ties said Satur­day.

Rashaun Weaver has been in­dicted by a grand jury and was taken into cus­tody Fri­day night with­out in­ci­dent, New York City Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Der­mot Shea said.

Weaver, charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der and rob­bery, is the sec­ond teen to be charged in the at­tack on Tessa Ma­jors, 18, of

Char­lottesvill­e, Va. A 13year-old was ar­rested Dec. 13 and charged as a ju­ve­nile.

“We are con­fi­dent that we have the per­son in cus­tody who stabbed her,” Shea said of Weaver.

The As­so­ci­ated Press is nam­ing Weaver be­cause of the se­ri­ous­ness of the crime and be­cause he has been charged as an adult. Weaver’s at­tor­ney, Elsie Chan­dler, did not re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment.

“He’s a 14-year-old child and he’s pre­sumed not guilty,” Chan­dler told the New York Post af­ter Weaver’s bail hear­ing Satur­day, at which he was or­dered held at a ju­ve­nile fa­cil­ity un­til his ar­raign­ment Wed­nes­day.

Ma­jors was stabbed as she walked through Morn­ing­side Park. She stag­gered up a flight of stairs and col­lapsed in a cross­walk.

Weaver said Ma­jors was “hang­ing onto her phone” when he tried to take it, ac­cord­ing to a crim­i­nal com­plaint.

The at­tack trou­bled res­i­dents be­cause of its prox­im­ity to cam­pus and its ap­par­ent ran­dom­ness. Barnard is part of the Ivy League’s Columbia Uni­ver­sity. ‘Sex and the City’: Lynn Co­hen, an ac­tress best known as the plain­spo­ken house­keeper and nanny Magda in “Sex and the City,” has died. Co­hen, 86, died Fri­day in New York City, said her man­ager, Josh Pultz.

Co­hen, a na­tive of Kansas City, Mo., had a long ca­reer as a stage, film and TV per­former. Her cred­its ranged from “Nurse Jackie” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” to fea­ture films “Across the Uni­verse” and “The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire.”

In HBO’s “Sex and the City,” Co­hen’s char­ac­ter was em­ployed by at­tor­ney Mi­randa Hobbes, played by Cyn­thia Nixon. Magda was fea­tured in the TV and movie ver­sions of the show, which also starred Sarah Jes­sica Parker, Kim Cat­trall and Kristin Davis.


to reach flooded homes Satur­day in North­east Jackson, Mis­sis­sippi. Gov. Tate Reeves de­clared a state of emer­gency amid fears the Pearl River, which runs in the area around the cap­i­tal, could burst its banks and spark wide­spread flood­ing.

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