A NY teen faces second degree murder, robbery and weapons charges in the death of a college freshman murdered in Upper Manhattan on Wednesday
The suspect who admitted complicity in the death of 18-year-old Tessa Majors, left the 26th precinct covered in a jacket, his identity protected because of his age
The 13-year-old boy ‘confessed that he and two others attacked [Majors], during dusk mugging’
Tessa Majors a student at Barnard College was attacked in Morningside Park on Wednesday at around 5.30pm, allegedly by three muggers in their early teens
The three male assailants after choking and stabbing the victim, robbed her, then they fled the scene
Majors, a freshman who only started classes in August, died in the hospital
A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Friday morning after confessing to the crime
While in police custody, the teen allegedly confessed that he and his friends tried to rob Majors and stabbed her multiple times when she fought them
A second teenager is being questioned and police are searching for a third as divers searched a pond in the park for evidence throughout the morning
A teenager has been arrested for the murder of Tessa Majors, a Barnard College freshman who was stabbed on Wednesday in a mugging in a park in New York’s Upper Manhattan district.
The underage boy has not been named but CBS New York reports he is one of three suspects wanted for the crime.
The 13-year-old suspect was taken into custody on Thursday on weapons and trespassing charges after being found in a building where he did not live, the sources said.
The boy was wearing clothing which matched a description of one of Tessa’s attackers, the sources added.
Once in custody, the teen allegedly confessed that he and his friends tried to rob her and attacked her when she fought them.
The NYPD Deputy Commissioner’s Office is refusing to comment on or even confirm the arrest, but the suspect’s aunt has since spoken out, without naming herself or him, to insist he is innocent.
Authorities are questioning a second suspect as well.
Police divers Friday searched the pond in the park for more evidence
The teenager crawled to a nearby security booth but collapsed and was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
Her family from Charlottesville, Virginia, are now in New York City.
The stabbing rocked the community at Barnard, an all-girls school, and has sent shock waves through nearby Columbia University too.
Tessa Majors [photo] reportedly put up a fight when her assailants asked her for money, and was stabbed repeatedly in the stomach, neck and face. She was walking into Morningside Park near Columbia University at 5.30pm on Wednesday when she was attacked
The slain student seen [center], with her parents, Christy and Inman Majors, reportedly crawled to a nearby security booth in the park, on Wednesday night, but collapsed and was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
The slain college freshman, the grandniece of former NFL football player Johnny Majors, is from Charlottesville, Virginia. A budding musician who also had hopes of becoming a journalist, she had only been living in New York since August.
Her parents traveled from Charlottesville to New York on Thursday after learning the news.
They released a statement later in the evening to tell of their grief, saying: ‘We lost a very special, very talented, and very well-loved young woman.
‘Tess shone bright in this world and our hearts will never be the same.’
The teenager had only been in New York City since August, when she was dropped off at college by her mother. She was excited to start classes at the all-female Barnard College.
However students at the school said it was barely nightfall when she was attacked, and that they too would not have thought twice about entering the park at that time.
‘It could have been any one of us,’ one female student said on Thursday.
On Thursday, the park remained closed as crime scenes scoured for evidence. Divers were seen searching a pond in the park looking for clues.
At the time of his arrest on Friday the suspect was said to have been wearing a green jacket that was similar to the one worn by one of Tessa’s attackers.
Police sources described him as a known robbery suspect and said that they found a trail of blood at the apartment where he was found.
It was described as a hot bed of criminal activity.
He was among a trio of teens arrested after the killing o Thursday. He was however released without charge on Thursday, as were two other juveniles who were questioned in the presence of their parents.