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'I saw red, punched her five times then finished her off': Jury watches chilling confession tape of man who 'raped and strangled' Queens jogger

Alleged killer of Queens jogger 'may have attacked her because he hated the white neighborhood she came from'

  • Chanel Lewis, 22, is accused of killing Karina Vetrano, 30, while she was jogging
  • He allegedly punched her in the face, threw her to the ground, raped her and strangled her about a block away from her home in August 2016
  • He confessed to killing Karina during a police interview in February 2017
  • The tape was played back for the jury during his trial on Friday
  • He can be heard talking about how he killed her, stating he was 'mad at her'
  • Lewis denied sexually assaulting or raping Karina during his confession 

The confession tape of the man accused of killing jogger Karina Vetrano was played in court for jurors during his murder trial Friday.

Jurors watched playback of the video tape in which Chanel Lewis, 22, can be heard admitting that he 'finished her off' while appearing to confess to 30-year-old Karina's murder in Queens, New York's Spring Creek Park.

In August 2016, Karina was fatally attacked while she was out jogging. She was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, raped and then strangled in a marsh, about a block away from her house.

Her father, Philip Vetrano, later found her partially-clothed body. Jurors watched a confession tape in which Chanel Lewis, 22 (left), said that he killed Karina Vetrano, 30, while she was jogging in Queens, New York. Lewis pictured here on Friday

Jurors watched a confession tape in which Chanel Lewis, 22 (left), said that he killed Karina Vetrano, 30, while she was jogging in Queens, New York. Lewis pictured here on Friday

Karina is pictured above. Her father, Philip Vetrano, later found her partially-clothed body
Detective Russo calls 911 about Chanel Lewis' 'suspicious behavior'

In the tape, which was recorded in February 2017, Lewis told authorities that he had punched Karina five times, before dragging her 'by the hands' into the grass near the jogging path, where he said he 'finished her off,' according to the New York Post.  

During the taped confession, Lewis also said that he 'was beating her and was mad at her,' after she tried to fight him off. 

'I got angry,' Lewis said, according to the New York Daily News. 'I saw red. I never meant to do anything.'

He also said in the tape that Karina had not done anything to provoke him and that she never screamed because 'her tooth broke.' 

A still from the confession tape, in which Lewis recounted what happened during the attack

A still from the confession tape, in which Lewis recounted what happened during the attack

Lewis can be heard talking about hitting Karina in the face, strangling her and then throwing her into the bushes. He also denies having touched her private parts 

Lewis can be heard talking about hitting Karina in the face, strangling her and then throwing her into the bushes. He also denies having touched her private parts 

In a clip from the confession that was released by the New York District Attorney's Office, Lewis can be seen wearing a striped shirt as he's questioned by a detective, who is off-screen. 

Lewis answers the series of questions calmly, recounting how he grabbed Karina by the shoulders and hit her in the face about five times before she fell to the ground. 

He can be heard saying that he hit her for about five minutes, squeezed her neck at one point and was 'mad about an incident'. 

Lewis confirmed that Karina had tried to fight back by trying to scratch him on the fact and that she left a mark. 

After the beating, Lewis said Karina fell in the water. 'Then my hand was bleeding and I washed off the blood,' he noted, denying that he held her under the water.  

Later, 'she was just lying there,' Lewis said. 'I got her by the ankles and picked her up from her back and threw her in the bushes.' 

The detective then asked about the state of Karina's clothing. Lewis said that her pants were 'kinda pulled off' and that her underwear may have been coming down as well. When asked if he touched either her vagina or anus, Lewis said no.  

A surveillance camera caught Karina jogging a short time she was rape and strangled 

Parents of Karina Vetrano leave court on murder trial's fourth day
Karina's mother, Cathy Vetrano, was also at the Queens Supreme Court Friday
Karina's father, Phil Vetrano, pictured here while leaving Queens Supreme Court Friday

Karina's parents, Cathy and Phil Vetrano, were also at the Queens Supreme Court Friday

When speaking about her actual death, Lewis' statements — which were described as being both mumbled and rambling — seemed to contradict Karina's autopsy findings. 

In his confession, Lewis said that 'There was a puddle of water. She fell into it and then she was drowning.' However, her autopsy report stated that Karina died of strangulation.

Lewis denied raping Karina before allegedly murdering her, though. 

'I didn’t do any of the other stuff they said,' Lewis said in the tape. 'Sexual assault and other stuff.'

Karina had gone out for a run when she was violently and fatally attacked in August 2016

Karina had gone out for a run when she was violently and fatally attacked in August 2016

Karina was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, violently raped and then strangled in a marsh
Her father found her partially-clothed body about a block away from her house

Lewis was arrested and charged in connection to Karina's murder six months after the attack. He was linked to her death by DNA evidence, obtained from a consensual cheek swab and then compared to DNA evidence that was recovered from under Karina's fingernails.  

In February, a judge decided to let the DNA evidence and Lewis' videotaped confession be used at trial. His lawyers had previously questioned the validity of his DNA sample and the manner in which his confession was gained.

Police were said to have stopped Lewis from making a phone call until after he confessed to the crime. He arrived at the police precinct at about 6.30pm and his confession was not made until 6am the next day. 

Other recordings made during his interview revealed that Lewis had asked authorities to let him speak with his parents and his sister.

Lewis' confession tape was previously played in public in 2017, during a pre-trial hearing.  

His trial began November 5.

Lewis' mother, Veta Lewis (in orange scarf), was in court supporting her son Friday

Lewis' mother, Veta Lewis (in orange scarf), was in court supporting her son Friday

Lewis was arrested six months after Karina's death and tied to her by DNA evidence

Lewis was arrested six months after Karina's death and tied to her by DNA evidence

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Do you believe: Suspect in Queens jogger murder 'told police how he "lost it" and choked her' in a videotaped 'confession' without his lawyers present

Police marched Lewis out of the 107th Precinct on Sunday (above) after heralding his arrest as a 'great day for New York law enforcement'

  • Chanel Lewis allegedly confessed to killing Karina Vetrano in taped interviews
  • Sources say he told detectives he 'lost it' and attacked Karina on August 2 
  • Lewis's attorneys said they were not present for any confession
  • Detectives believe there may have been a racial element to last August's murder

A man accused of murdering NY jogger Karina Vetrano has allegedly told police he strangled her because she came from a white neighborhood. 

Chanel Lewis, 20, who was arrested in connection with the August 2 murder told one officer 'I don't like those people over there.' 

Lewis, who is black, has admitted killing Vetrano, whose body was discovered in Spring Creek Park, near Howard Beach last year. 

Chanel Lewis, the 20-year-old accused of murdering Karina Vetrano, (pictured in court on Sunday) allegedly made a videotaped confession to police which his lawyers say they weren't present for

Chanel Lewis, the 20-year-old accused of murdering Karina Vetrano, (pictured in court on Sunday) allegedly made a videotaped confession to police which his lawyers say they weren't present for

According to the New York Post, Lewis refused twice to talk to a white detective, but when Barry Brown, who is black, entered the interview room, the suspect waived his Miranda rights. 

He said he had 'hit' and 'choked' the 30-year-old jogger from Howard Beach.   

He was arraigned at Queens Criminal Court on Sunday night for second degree murder.

Sexual assault charges are to be decided by a grand jury later this month.  

NYPD detectives say Lewis made 'detailed' descriptions of how he attacked Karina during her evening jog after being arrested at his family home in Brooklyn.

Once in custody, he told them that he 'lost it' and choked her after venturing to the park while angry about how many people were in his crowded home, ABC reports.

While Lewis admitted to killing the jogger, sources told the network he denied raping her in interviews that were captured on film.

The NYPD claims he made 'detailed' descriptions of how he attacked Karina Vetrano on August 2 

The suspect's father Richard revealed on Monday he took him to hospital for cuts and bruises the following day but maintained his son was innocent.  

Lewis's legal aid attorney Robert Moeller told DailyMail.com neither he nor his colleague Julia Burke were present when he made the apparent confession. 

They are yet to see the video and are urging the public to 'keep an open mind' so that Lewis may be granted a fair trial.   

'We are spending this critical time getting to know our client and his family and reviewing all the facts associated with this case.

'We caution everyone — including the media — not to rush to immediate judgment. 

'As our judicial system affords, Mr. Lewis is entitled to fairness and due process,' a statement issued by the Legal Aid Society read.

The Queens District Attorney's Office has refused to discuss what exactly Lewis said during interviews but told DailyMail.com the taped comments were admissible and could be used at trial.

There has been no official comment on Lewis's mental condition. 

A confession made by a suspect without a lawyer present can be used in court by prosecutors so long as it is proven to be voluntary.

Queens jogger suspect's father says he went to hospital after attack

Richard Lewis, the suspect's father, revealed he took him to hospital with cuts and bruises on his arms the day after the attack and did not give an alternative explanation for the injuries but said he still believed his son was innocent 

Richard Lewis, the suspect's father, revealed he took him to hospital with cuts and bruises on his arms the day after the attack and did not give an alternative explanation for the injuries but said he still believed his son was innocent 

Involuntary confessions are statements that are coerced by police or given without a suspect's full receipt and understanding of their Miranda Rights which includes their right to an attorney provided by the state.

Lewis's attorneys have not yet suggested whether they believe the statement was voluntary or not and there has been no official comment on his mental state. 

He is a graduate of Martin De Porres School in Queens which teaches 'marginalized' students with emotional and behavioral problems. 

Students who attend the school are classified as having emotional disturbances which can include poor impulse control, poor regulation of emotions and frustration, a source told DailyMail.com. 

Others are aggressive, anxious, depressed or a combination.   

Lewis is currently facing one count of second degree murder but sexual assault charges are likely to be brought by a grand jury. 

He will reappear in court in Queens on February 21 and has not yet entered a plea to the second degree murder charge he faces.

Richard Lewis, his 70-year-old father, revealed he took him to a hospital on August 3, the day after the murder, with cuts and bruises to his arm. 

Mr Lewis gave no alternative explanation for his son's injuries. He could not tell New York outlet Pix 11 if his son is mentally disabled, telling the network cryptically: 'Only the doctors would know.' 

Lewis is one of five of his mother's children and seven of his father's. His family is of Jamaican descent.   

Lewis attended Martin De Porres school for emotionally and behaviorally troubled teenagers between 2011 and 2015 but graduated with a clean record.

He earlier attended Brooklyn's High School for Medical Professions in Canarsie where he allegedly threatened to stab female students in 2011 when he was 15.

No one from the school could verify The New York Post's report of the incident and that he was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic afterwards on Tuesday.  

Police marched Lewis out of the 107th Precinct on Sunday (above) after heralding his arrest as a 'great day for New York law enforcement'

Police marched Lewis out of the 107th Precinct on Sunday (above) after heralding his arrest as a 'great day for New York law enforcement'

Police arrest Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano

Lewis was arrested at his mother's house (center) in East New York, Brooklyn, on Saturday at 6pm after stepping outside voluntarily. He lives in the basement apartment 

Lewis was arrested at his mother's house (center) in East New York, Brooklyn, on Saturday at 6pm after stepping outside voluntarily. He lives in the basement apartment 


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Principal's son and honors student, 20, accused of raping and strangling Queens jogger to death as it's revealed police were warned about him 2 MONTHS before she was murdered Chanel Lewis, the 20-year-old accused of murdering Karina Vetrano, (pictured in court on Sunday) allegedly made a videotaped confession to police which his lawyers say they weren't present for

  • Chanel Lewis allegedly confessed to killing Karina Vetrano in taped interviews
  • Sources say he told detectives he 'lost it' and attacked Karina on August 2 
  • Lewis's attorneys told DailyMail.com they were not present for any confession
  • They urged the public to 'keep an open mind' as they get to know their client
  • Queens District Attorney's office said the interviews could be used in court  
  • Lewis attended Martin De Porres High School for troubled teenagers  
  • He joined after leaving the Brooklyn High School for Medical Professions in 2011
  • There, he allegedly threatened to 'stab all the girls', according to unnamed staff 
  • His father Richard took him to hospital the day after Vetrano's murder with cuts and bruises to his arms but maintains that his son is innocent 

The suspect accused of raping and strangling Queens jogger Karina Vetrano allegedly told police how he 'lost it' and choked her in videotaped confessions his lawyers were not present for. 

Chanel Lewis, 20, was arrested on Saturday night for killing the 30-year-old in Spring Creek Park near Howard Beach on August 2.

He was arraigned at Queens Criminal Court on Sunday night for second degree murder.

NYPD detectives say Lewis made 'detailed' descriptions of how he attacked Karina during her evening jog after being arrested at his family home in Brooklyn.

Once in custody, he told them that he 'lost it' and choked her after venturing to the park while angry about how many people were in his crowded home, ABC reports.

While Lewis admitted to killing the jogger, sources told the network he denied raping her in interviews that were captured on film.

The suspect's father Richard revealed on Monday he took him to hospital for cuts and bruises the following day but maintained his son was innocent.  

Lewis's legal aid attorney Robert Moeller told DailyMail.com neither he nor his colleague Julia Burke were present when he made the apparent confession. 

They are yet to see the video and are urging the public to 'keep an open mind' so that Lewis may be granted a fair trial.  

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Chanel Lewis, the 20-year-old accused of murdering Karina Vetrano, (pictured in court on Sunday) allegedly made a videotaped confession to police which his lawyers say they weren't present for

Chanel Lewis, the 20-year-old accused of murdering Karina Vetrano, (pictured in court on Sunday) allegedly made a videotaped confession to police which his lawyers say they weren't present for

'We are spending this critical time getting to know our client and his family and reviewing all the facts associated with this case.

'We caution everyone — including the media — not to rush to immediate judgment. 

'As our judicial system affords, Mr. Lewis is entitled to fairness and due process,' a statement issued by the Legal Aid Society read.

The Queens District Attorney's Office has refused to discuss what exactly Lewis said during interviews but told DailyMail.com the taped comments were admissible and could be used at trial.

There has been no official comment on Lewis's mental condition. 

A confession made by a suspect without a lawyer present can be used in court by prosecutors so long as it is proven to be voluntary.

The NYPD claims he made 'detailed' descriptions of how he attacked Karina Vetrano on August 2 

Involuntary confessions are statements that are coerced by police or given without a suspect's full receipt and understanding of their Miranda Rights which includes their right to an attorney provided by the state.

Lewis's attorneys have not yet suggested whether they believe the statement was voluntary or not and there has been no official comment on his mental state. 

He is a graduate of Martin De Porres School in Queens which teaches 'marginalized' students with emotional and behavioral problems.  

Lewis is currently facing one count of second degree murder but sexual assault charges are likely to be brought by a grand jury. 

He will reappear in court in Queens on February 21 and has not yet entered a plea to the second degree murder charge he faces.

Richard Lewis, his 70-year-old father, revealed he took him to a hospital on August 3, the day after the murder, with cuts and bruises to his arm. 

Mr Lewis gave no alternative explanation for his son's injuries. He could not tell New York outlet Pix 11 if his son is mentally disabled, telling the network cryptically: 'Only the doctors would know.' 

Lewis is one of five of his mother's children and seven of his father's. His family is of Jamaican descent.   

Lewis attended Martin De Porres school for emotionally and behaviorally troubled teenagers between 2011 and 2015 but graduated with a clean record.

He earlier attended Brooklyn's High School for Medical Professions in Canarsie where he allegedly threatened to stab female students in 2011 when he was 15.

No one from the school could verify The New York Post's report of the incident and that he was diagnosed a paranoid schizophrenic afterwards on Tuesday.  

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Queens jogger suspect's father says he went to hospital after attack
Richard Lewis, the suspect's father, revealed he took him to hospital with cuts and bruises on his arms the day after the attack and did not give an alternative explanation for the injuries but said he still believed his son was innocent 

Richard Lewis, the suspect's father, revealed he took him to hospital with cuts and bruises on his arms the day after the attack and did not give an alternative explanation for the injuries but said he still believed his son was innocent 

Police marched Lewis out of the 107th Precinct on Sunday (above) after heralding his arrest as a 'great day for New York law enforcement'

Police marched Lewis out of the 107th Precinct on Sunday (above) after heralding his arrest as a 'great day for New York law enforcement'

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Police arrest Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano
Lewis was arrested at his mother's house (center) in East New York, Brooklyn, on Saturday at 6pm after stepping outside voluntarily. He lives in the basement apartment 

Lewis was arrested at his mother's house (center) in East New York, Brooklyn, on Saturday at 6pm after stepping outside voluntarily. He lives in the basement apartment 

In 2011, Lewis threatened female students at the Brooklyn High School for Medical Professions (above) 

In 2011, Lewis threatened female students at the Brooklyn High School for Medical Professions (above) 

Lewis later attended Martin De Porres High School which he graduated from in 2015 with a clean record. The school prides itself on educating students with emotional and behavioral problems 

Lewis later attended Martin De Porres High School which he graduated from in 2015 with a clean record. The school prides itself on educating students with emotional and behavioral problems 

Dr Edward Dana, director of Martin De Porres School which he later attended: 'During his time at the school, there is no disciplinary record against him, nor are there any reports that he made threatening statements against other students.

If travelling from Lewis's mother's house in East New York to the school, the quickest route is through Howard Beach.

Lewis has three summonses for behavior in the area dating back to 2013 including one for public urination and two others for violating park rules. 

His family describes him as quiet, humble and unassuming.

His father, retired elementary school principal Richard, rushed to the 107th Precinct on Sunday after news of his arrest to tell reporters that he was a 'wonderful' and 'humble' kid who wasn't capable of such violence. 

'Chanel would never have gone to do what they say he has done. 

Lewis went to Spring Creek Park angry about the number of people in his crowded home and 'lost it' when he saw Karina, police sources claimed. Above, the scene in marshes near where her body was found four hours after she went for jog 

Lewis went to Spring Creek Park angry about the number of people in his crowded home and 'lost it' when he saw Karina, police sources claimed. Above, the scene in marshes near where her body was found four hours after she went for jog 

Karina and her attacker had never met before. Her murder occurred moments after this surveillance footage of her running towards the park was captured 

Karina and her attacker had never met before. Her murder occurred moments after this surveillance footage of her running towards the park was captured 

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Chris Hansen from Crime Watch Daily reviews surveillance video

'He’s never had a fight in his 20 years,' he told The New York Post.  

Lewis's half-sister Theresa Forbes claims he is the victim of a racially charged set-up. 

'I think the cops framed him because he’s a black person. 

'They couldn’t find anyone else to pin this on, so they pinned it on my brother.

'My family, we are God-fearing people. The Bible tells us ‘Do no kill’—we do not kill,' she told the same newspaper. 

Lewis was arrested at his mother's house in East New York at 6pm on Saturday, two days after being questioned by police for the first time about the murder. 

Cathy Vetrano (center) screamed at Lewis as they came face to face for the first time at Queens Criminal Court on Sunday 

Cathy Vetrano (center) screamed at Lewis as they came face to face for the first time at Queens Criminal Court on Sunday 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce (center) said on Sunday at a press conference that Lewis had made 'detailed' statements about the killing 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce (center) said on Sunday at a press conference that Lewis had made 'detailed' statements about the killing 

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NYPD Chief of Detectives Boyce shares update on Vetrano's murder

Detectives honed in on him after combing 911 calls about the area surrounding the Queens park as they frantically searched for leads. 

It had been cold for six months when they happened upon a report made by one of Karina's neighbors in Howard Beach about him trying to break in to a house with a crowbar. 

Local sergeant Lt. John Russo had also seen him the day before acting suspiciously.

Queens NYPD Lt. John Russo (above) recalled seeing Lewis acting strangely in the park in May. His hunch and a 911 call from a neighbor describing the suspect from the same month led police to Lewis last week 

Queens NYPD Lt. John Russo (above) recalled seeing Lewis acting strangely in the park in May. His hunch and a 911 call from a neighbor describing the suspect from the same month led police to Lewis last week 

They visited Lewis at his mother Veta's home where he gave a voluntary cheek swab which matched DNA found under Karina's fingernails.

Karina's parents have been generous in their praise of the department which Mrs Vetrano described as the 'best in the world' after Lewis's arrest.  

Lt. Russo was congratulated by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference on Tuesday. 

'This was an extremely tough case to crack when it came to the murder of Ms. Vetrano, and you’ve done an amazing job,' he told Chief Detective Boyce. 

The Vetrano family watched Lewis's s arraignment on Sunday.

The couple maintained an active public profile during the search for her killer and have vowed to attend Lewis's trial in its entirety. 

Mrs Vetrano unleashed on him as they came face to face in court for the first time, shouting in his direction: 'Now your nightmare begins' and labeling him a 'savage' and a 'demon'. 

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Police warned about Queens jogger's killer months earlier

  • Chanel Lewis, 20, was arrested on Saturday night for Karina Vetrano's murder
  • Police tracked him down after revisiting a 911 call made about him in May 2016
  • A Queens resident reported him acting suspiciously near Spring Creek Park
  • Vetrano died in the park on August 2, two months after the 911 call was made
  • Lewis lives with his mother in East New York, Brooklyn, and does not work
  • Police say they found his DNA beneath the jogger's fingernails and on her back
  • He has made 'detailed' comments about 'each step' of the attack, NYPD said 
  • Lewis was charged with second degree murder in New York on Sunday 
  • More charges, including sexual assault, are likely to be brought, DA's office said 

The 'humble' 20-year-old principal's son charged with murdering Queens jogger Karina Vetrano has been pictured for the first time. 

Chanel Lewis is accused of beating, raping and strangling Vetrano, 30, in Spring Creek Park near Howard Beach on August 2 last year.

He was arrested on Saturday evening at his home in East New York, Brooklyn, where he lives with his mother and adult sisters after police matched his DNA to some found under Vetrano's fingernails.

One of Vetrano's neighbors in Howard Beach called 911 to report him acting suspiciously in the park in May, two months before her killing. 

Detectives investigating the murder came across a log of the call while carrying out a 'deep dive' into all reports made in the area as they tried desperately to make headway after months of dead ends.

They tracked Lewis down to his mother's house on Thursday to extract a DNA sample and found a hit two days later after testing it against traces found on the jogger's body.

NYPD detectives said once he was in custody, Lewis made 'detailed' descriptions of 'each step' of the attack. 

Lewis was heckled as he made his way into a police car on Sunday by Queens residents who screamed 'murderer' as he emerged from the 107th Precinct.  

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Chanel Lewis, 20, was arrested on Saturday night for the murder of Karina Vetrano on August 2. He is seen being led to court (left) in Queens on Sunday
Lewis did not know the 30-year-old when he attacked her on August 2, police said 

Chanel Lewis, 20, was arrested on Saturday night for the murder of Karina Vetrano on August 2. He is seen being led to court (left) in Queens on Sunday 

Police arrest Chanel Lewis for the murder of Karina Vetrano

He is due to be arraigned at a court in Queens on Sunday night.

Lewis's father, retired elementary school principal Richard Lewis, 70, told The New York Post he was shocked by his son's arrest. 

'Chanel would never have gone to do what they say he has done. He’s never had a fight in his 20 years,' he said. 

Describing his son as a 'humble kid', he said he was planning a career in social services and had done 'well' at Martin De Porres High School in Far Rockaway, Queens.

Lewis was an honor roll student who dreamed of a career in social services but was not working, he said. 

Phil and Cathy Vetrano, the slain jogger's parents, said they would be in court to watch him face 'justice'.  

'We would stop at nothing to find the savage that did this to her.  The demon must get his justice and we will see to it,' Mrs Vetrano told  New York Daily News.

Her husband said they could finally move forward to the 'next phase' of their grief.  

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Bryce confirmed Lewis's arrest on Sunday at a press conference. 

Lewis has no previous criminal record but has three court summonses for suspicious behavior in a bicycle track at Spring Creek Park. Chief Bryce would not disclose what the previous 'issues' were for. 

Lewis was led out of the 107th precinct on Sunday afternoon after his arrest was announced at a press conference 

Lewis was led out of the 107th precinct on Sunday afternoon after his arrest was announced at a press conference 

Lewis was reported acting suspiciously at the park in May, two months before Vetrano's death, by one of her neighbors. He is seen above being taken out of the precinct on Sunday
Lewis was reported acting suspiciously at the park in May, two months before Vetrano's death, by one of her neighbors. He is seen above being taken out of the precinct on Sunday

Lewis was reported acting suspiciously at the park in May, two months before Vetrano's death, by one of her neighbors. He is seen above being taken out of the precinct on Sunday 

The 20-year-old has no prior criminal record but has three court summonses for acting suspiciously 

The 20-year-old has no prior criminal record but has three court summonses for acting suspiciously 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said on Sunday (left) that Lewis did not know Vetrano and it was a 'chance encounter'
NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said on Sunday (left) that Lewis did not know Vetrano and it was a 'chance encounter'

NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said on Sunday (left) that Lewis did not know Vetrano and it was a 'chance encounter' 

NYPD Chief of Detectives Boyce shares update on Vetrano's murder
In May, a resident in Howard Beach, Queens, called 911 to report him acting suspiciously near Spring Creek Park where the jogger died.

Detectives investigating Vetrano's death found a record of the call as they purged through hundreds of reports and similar phone-ins while trying to make headway in the case.

They were able to identify Lewis from the caller's description and track him to his mother's home in East New York with the help of a Howard Beach lieutenant, Boyce said.

'We found a 911 call prior to the homicide of him being in Howard Beach.

'We had a member of community call to say he was a suspicious person which we get all the time.

'From that we had a profile. He does have a number of summonses, he has no criminal record,' he said.

It's not clear what was done about the call at the time. 

Lewis was charged with second degree murder on Sunday afternoon and is likely to be charged with sexual assault.

Vetrano was seen on surveillance footage jogging towards the park at 5.46pm, moments before her death

Vetrano was seen on surveillance footage jogging towards the park at 5.46pm, moments before her death

Lewis was arrested at the home he shares with his mother in East New York on Saturday night. It is less than four miles from the park where Vetrano was found 

Lewis was arrested at the home he shares with his mother in East New York on Saturday night. It is less than four miles from the park where Vetrano was found 

'The demon must get his justice': Phil and Cathy Vetrano said they would be in court to see Lewis have his arraignment 

'The demon must get his justice': Phil and Cathy Vetrano said they would be in court to see Lewis have his arraignment 

The suspect was reported to police previously for acting suspiciously in a bicycle track in Spring Creek Park, where the 30-year-old was murdered 

The suspect was reported to police previously for acting suspiciously in a bicycle track in Spring Creek Park, where the 30-year-old was murdered 

Chris Hansen from Crime Watch Daily reviews surveillance video

It matched traces of previously unidentified DNA found beneath Vetrano's fingernails, signs she tried to fight him off as he attacked her. 

A hand print left on her back also matched him as did DNA found on her cell phone.  Detectives were still searching his home on Sunday as Chief Boyce spoke.

'Karina helped us identify is person, she had the DNA under her nails, touch DNA on her back and she had DNA on her cell phone.' 

Boyce would not be drawn on details of Lewis's mental state or social status but said he does not work and lives at home with his mother Veta. She has not commented on his arrest.

He is not thought to have ever met Vetrano before the August 2 attack, police said. 

'He gave very detailed, incriminating statements. We don't believe he knew her at all. It appears to be a chance encounter. 

'I don't think there was any stalking,' he said, adding the suspect's had described 'each step of the assault'. 

Phil Vetrano, Vetrano's father (pictured with her), said he knew something was 'wrong' instinctively just 25 minutes after his daughter left their home to go running on August 2

Phil Vetrano, Vetrano's father (pictured with her), said he knew something was 'wrong' instinctively just 25 minutes after his daughter left their home to go running on August 2

Karina's  parents Cathy and Phil maintained an active public profile during the investigation 

Karina's  parents Cathy and Phil maintained an active public profile during the investigation 

'It's there where he received those three court summonses for various issues,' he said. 

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said Lewis was facing charges for murder and sexual assault. 

Police issued this sketch after Vetrano's death

Police issued this sketch after Vetrano's death

'We're still doing a lot of the paperwork that needs to be done but we're satisfied we have a solid case that has been put together by everyone involved.' 

They could no confirm whether familial DNA testing, which the Vetrano family had pushed for, played any role in the investigation. 

Phil Vetrano, the jogger's father, was due to go running with her on the night she died but didn't because of an injury. 

He and his wife have maintained an active public profile since their daughter's deaths in order to catch her killer. 

They are still campaigning for familial DNA testing, which examines the DNA of potential suspects' family members to rule them in or out of crimes, to become commonplace. 

It's not clear whether it played a part in Lewis's arrest.  

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Comment by Omar on November 12, 2018 at 3:02pm

SCAPEGOAT!!!!! I SERIOUSLY DOUBT HE DID IT. PLUS, HE LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THE FIGURE IN THE SUPPOSED POLICE SKETCH. SMMFH

Comment by Sufferahsmusic Media Prod on November 10, 2018 at 10:15pm
This guy is insane but he will get no consideration will he
Comment by EAGLE on February 15, 2017 at 5:32pm
I guarantee he will get more time than all those guys combined that caused Sandiford to be hit killed on the BP in Howard Beach years ago and the one that beat the gentleman with the bat in Howard Beach also.
Comment by Karen dickey on February 13, 2017 at 5:52pm
U mother's or thinking for him now
Comment by mr1stroke on February 12, 2017 at 12:37am
Is that what it is now but he was in thay same whiteneighborhood I mean being a cop have to be the most underachiever job ever they are so dumb they can't even come up with good lie dsmn retards
Comment by DAVI KRISTOFF on February 12, 2017 at 12:31am
flores460 Peace & Blessings to you.
By now you see how FAKE all these ppl here are. Nobody will ever be PROACTIVE they'll just keep f*kin' talking about being "BLACK".
If you ever start anything they'll leave ....on to the next topic...More stupid "how it is being black f*k sh*t"!
Comment by Jacqueline Wilson on February 11, 2017 at 9:17pm
Adeltech real estate... they got a swab from him, hence the DNA match to that found underneath her nails
Comment by flores460 on February 11, 2017 at 3:39am
Where is black lives mstter?
Comment by flores460 on February 11, 2017 at 3:36am
Does anyone know how to do a go fund me page for this child? We need to start taking action! We cannot keep allowing this to happen to our own.
Comment by ADELTECH REAL ESTATE on February 10, 2017 at 2:47pm

That's a big lie, He didn't do it cause she is so fit and he can not take her down. Her father did it, plus the DNA lie cause his DNA is not on file so how the skin under her nails match his DNA, so where the get his DNA to match up.

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