Chanel Lewis, 20-year-old Man Who Killed NY Jogger Karina Vetrano, Tells Judge He ‘Just Lost It’ When she Ran Past him; Says he ‘Got Madder and Madder’ as she Tried to Fight him Off
A chilling confession from accused killer Chanel Lewis detailed the homicidal rage that exploded as he stood last August on a Howard Beach running path.
Jogger Karina Vetrano, unarmed and alone, was brutally beaten and killed for no reason other than Lewis’ murderous mid-day meltdown, the accused killer told cops after his Feb. 2 arrest.
“She was running toward me and I just lost it,” Lewis told police. “She didn’t do anything. I was just mad at that time. I beat her to let my emotions out …
“I fought with her for five minutes. She scratched my face. I hit her about five times and I knocked her out. Her teeth broke. I got madder and madder and I strangled her … her pants came off as I dragged her.”
The suspect also said to one NYPD detective, “Tell my mom that I’m sorry.”
Six of Lewis’ statements were released Tuesday as the 20-year-old pleaded innocent in Queens Supreme Court to charges of murder and sexual abuse in the killing of Karina Vetrano, 30.
Some of the admissions were made on a videotaped interview, while others were given orally to prosecutors and detectives.
Lewis wore an orange prison jumpsuit for the hearing where Vetrano’s parents, family and friends sat on one side of the courtroom and her accused killer’s supporters filled the other side.
Lewis, of Brooklyn, said his indignation began when the sound of loud music interrupted his afternoon reverie on Aug. 2, 2016.
“My house was quiet,” he told police. “And then a man came around. He played music and he brought around a lot of his friends. I didn’t like that stuff … Sometimes I would go to Howard Beach.”
SOURCE: CHRISTINA CARREGA and LARRY MCSHANE
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS