A dying, bleeding 15-year-old boy was denied help by a bodega worker just after being attacked by a machete-wielding gang, new video footage appears to show.
The surveillance footage, which began circulating over social media Tuesday, shows Lesandro Guzman-Feliz running into the Cruz and Chiky Grocery store in the Belmont section of the Bronx last Wednesday. He appears to be asking the bodega cashier for help before he leaps onto the counter, attempting to hide behind it. The worker appears to hesitate but lets him onto the other side.
Then, a group of men enter the store and can be seen dragging Guzman-Feliz outside. Police said he was hacked with a machete and that he may have been the victim of a mistaken identity. A police source told the New York Post on Monday that Guzman-Feliz looks like a rapper who was spotted on a video in which a relative of a Trinitarios gang member is having sex in the background.
After being attacked with a machete, Guzman-Feliz runs back into the bodega a second time, asking for help and leaving a trail of blood. He leans on the counter but the worker seems uninterested in helping. The boy left and tried to run to a nearby hospital but didn’t make it. He bled out on the street.
Meanwhile, a customer inside the deli didn’t seem fazed by the dying boy. In fact, he seemed more interested in buying whatever item he planned to before the attack. He even reached over Guzman-Feliz’s blood, which was dripping over candy and goods at the counter, to complete his transaction.
The apparent indifference witnessed on the footage has drawn outrage from New York City officials. Three City Council members demanded in a letter to the Department of Consumer Affairs that the bodega be shut down.
Police have arrested eight men in connection to the teen’s death. Kevin Alvarez, 19, of the Bronx was charged with murder and gang assault on Sunday. Six other suspects were arrested in Paterson, New Jersey: Jose Muniz, 21, Jose Tavarez, 21, Manuel Rivera, 18, Danel Fernandez, 21, Santiago Rodriguez, 24, and Joniki Martinez, 24, according to WNYW in New York City. They all face murder charges. Elvin Garcia was arrested on Tuesday and his age hasn't yet been disclosed.
Six of the eight suspects arrested in the death of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz.
[Photos: New York Police Department, Passaic County Prosecutor]