NYPD arrests 14th suspect in murder of teen police explorer

"I''m innocent," Frederick Then, 20, told reporters as police led him away Sunday night


By Rikki Reyna and John Annese
New York Daily News

NEW YORK — Police have arrested a 14th suspect in connection with the brutal stabbing death of Bronx teenager Lesandro (Junior) Guzman-Feliz.

Frederick Then, 20, an alleged Trinitarios gang member, surrendered himself to police Sunday, just four days after cops released a photo of his face to the media. He’s charged with murder, manslaughter, gang assault, conspiracy and weapon possession.

Police didn’t say Sunday what role Then, who lives in Reading, Penn., played in the 15-year-old’s June 20th murder.

Pictured is Frederick Then. (Photo/DCPI)
Pictured is Frederick Then. (Photo/DCPI)

Police have charged 13 other alleged Triniatrios members with Lesandro’s murder, including several suspects who are accused of chasing the doomed teen in the moments leading up to his killing.

Surveillance footage shows a group of men drag the teen out of the Cruz and Chiky Grocery on E. 183rd St. near Bathgate Ave. in Belmont, then repeatedly hack and stab at him with a machete and a knife.

“I’m innocent,” Then told reporters in Spanish as police led him out of the 48th Precinct stationhouse Sunday night.

He awaits arraignment in Bronx criminal court.

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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