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Bronx Bodega Owner Says He Tried Help Hide Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz

June 30, 2018 - 5:49 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- After being accused of ignoring Lesandro Guzman-Feliz’s plea for help, new surveillance video shows a Bronx bodega owner attempting to rescue the 15-year-old.

Modesto Cruz is the owner of the bodega where Guzman-Feliz, known as “Junior” in the Belmont section of the borough, was brutally stabbed by members of the Trinitarios gang.

He’s been accused by members of his community for not doing enough to save Junior but new video shows Cruz attempting to help the teen jump over the counter to hide.

Cruz spoke to CBS 2 News and explained that the store is not armed and when the gang members flooded the bodega, he was defenseless.

He defended his actions saying that he didn’t know Guzman-Feliz would be murdered that night but that he did try to help the teen.

Of the eight gang members who attacked Guzman-Feliz, Kevin Alvarez, 19, was the first to appear in court on Friday.

Alvarez’s mother spoke to CBS to defend her son. She claims he didn’t know that they were going to kill him and only was told that there would be a fight.

She continued saying that Alvarez feared that the Trinitarios would kill him if he did not participate in the attack.