Karina Vetrano was reported missing in August of 2016 after failing to come home from a nightly jog. Police found her sexually assaulted body shortly after. Now, an unemployed East New York man named Chanel Lewis has been accused of the crime, according to the New York Post.
Lewis' proclaimed motivation for the acts are shocking: “I was angry. I had some issues at home. I just lost it. When I saw her, I just hit her and kept hitting her. I hit her and choked her."
Lewis had apparently left an abundance of evidence behind at the scene, leading to his arrest. “She had the DNA under her nails, she had touch DNA on her back, and there was more DNA on the cellphone," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce at a press conference.
Lewis' arraignment was emotional. Vetrano's mother reportedly lept to her feet towards the end of the proceedings and screamed: “A savage murderer! He f- -king murdered my daughter, my beautiful innocent daughter! Now your nightmare begins! He’s a demon! He should be in hell and burn in hell!”
Police have two confessions from Lewis on tape, but he continues to deny the sexual assault. “The perp said he had a bad temper. He confessed on video about the assault specifically. He did not want to admit to the rape,” said an inside source.
Richard Lewis, Chanel's father, claims that the suspect had recently graduated from the private Martin De Porres HS in Rockaway Park, whose student body comprises “children experiencing emotional and behavioral problems."
“He’s a humble kid. He’s a very humble kid,” claimed Richard.
Chanel Lewis has a history of emotional disturbance and police encounters. Police sources told the NY Post that, five years ago, he told a teacher's aide that he "wanted to bring a knife to school to stab all the girls." Lewis was taken into custody and then released.
“We’re glad he’s off the streets so he could never kill anyone else’s daughter. The demon must get his justice, and we will see to it," concluded Vetrano's mother at a press conference held outside her home shortly after the arraignment.
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