Arrests Made in Fatal Stabbing of 15-Year-Old Bronx Teen

Police have made arrests in connection with last week’s fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old boy outside a Bronx bodega. Police identified one of the suspects as 19-year-old Kevin Alvarez, of the Bronx. He was arrested Sunday on charges of murder, manslaughter, and gang assault.

Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

Police say the victim, 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Ortiz, was attacked Tuesday night by a group of men at the the bodega. Surveillance video shows the suspects enter the bodega and dragging the victim out onto the street. The video then shows a man with what appears to be a large knife.

Guzman-Ortiz was reportedly stabbed in the neck. He is seen on the video running a block to a hospital, where he died. Family and friends told CBS New York it was a tragic case of mistaken identity.

In a tweet, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot McShea released photos of the men he said fatally stabbed Guzman-Ortiz, known as “Junior,” and asked for tips. He said Junior was an aspiring NYPD detective.

“He was never going to give up on his dream of becoming an NYPD detective & WE’LL NEVER GIVE UP ON HIM,” McShea tweeted, using the hashtag #JusticeforJunior.

Sunday, McShea said arrests had been made in the case and thanked the public for the “many, many valuable tips.” Sources told CBS New York gang members had been arrested — six in Paterson, New Jersey, and two others in the Bronx. Investigators tell the station all have links to a gang.

Guzman-Ortiz had no gang ties, the station reports.

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SOURCE: CBS News, The Associated Press