Police: Brooklyn man arrested in death of Queens jogger
Police say a Brooklyn man has been arrested in connection with the death of Karina Vetrano, the woman who was sexually assaulted and killed while jogging in Queens.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce says 20-year-old Chanel Lewis, of East New York, made "detailed incriminating statements" when he was taken into custody. Official charges and an arraignment were pending.
Vetrano, 30, of Howard Beach, went for a run near her home in the early evening hours on Aug. 2. Vetrano's father later discovered her badly beaten body in a remote, marshy area of Spring Creek Park, a large wetland area that extends from Brooklyn into Queens.
Chief of Detectives Boyce says it appeared the encounter that led to Vetrano's death was a chance one.
He says DNA evidence led to the arrest, with genetic material found beneath Vetrano's fingernails, on her phone and on her neck that resulted in a DNA profile.
The Vetrano family had raised more than $280,000 as a reward for a suspect in the case.
Lewis is charged with second-degree murder. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years to life in prison.
Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.