NYPD Connects Bronx River Parkway Attack To Stabbing Death Of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz

June 27, 2018 - 2:55 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The NYPD has connected an attack on a 14-year-old boy on the Bronx River Parkway last week to the fatal stabbing of a 15-year-old in the Bronx who was laid to rest Wednesday.

The NYPD says the Trinitarios street gang is behind both attacks.

Earlier this week, the NYPD released cell phone video from the June 18 attack showing a crowd of what looks to be teenagers punching, kicking and stabbing the 14-year-old boy in between median barriers directly in the middle of the Bronx River Parkway. It's believed the incident began with some sort of dispute in French Charley's Park.

"That's a 14-year-old kid chased onto a highway and stabbed multiple times; I don't think there's enough outcry about that incident," said NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea. 

That attack happened two days before the brutal murder of 15-year-old Lesandro Guzman-Feliz who was ambushed and killed in a case of mistaken identity.

"There is a connection between those two incidents," She said. "What I will say in broad terms is that there are a number of incidents that are being explored for links and connections recently dealing with the Trinitarios."

Guzman-Feliz, known as "Junior," was dragged out of a deli on the corner of Bathgate Avenue and East 183rd Street last Wednesday and stabbed repeatedly in the neck. He managed to run a block to St. Barnabas Hospital, but he didn’t survive.

Lesandro was a member of the NYPD Explorers program and hoped one day to become a police officer.

Eight suspects have now been arrested in the murder.

The NYPD says the Trinitarios are also responsible for a robbery and stabbing this past Monday on East 75th Street on the Upper East Side.

Shea says his department is dedicated to knocking out this recent spike in gang violence.